Former Michigan standout and current Brooklyn Nets rookie Caris LeVert has become a building block in the Big Apple.
“I never lost confidence in myself,” LeVert told the New York Post recently. “Even through all the injuries, I knew I’d get a shot at the next level. I just wanted to be ready when the opportunity presented itself, and I think I’ve done a good job of that.
“The game has slowed down for me. It’s been great having Jeremy [Lin] back on the court for us. He tells me where to go, how to defend guys and how to get open. He just gets me going, so I think that’s been a huge help in my development.”
LeVert is averaging 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 50 games. He's averaging 21.5 minutes, shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent from long range and last scored in double digits with a 15-point showing in a 98-96 win over Detroit March 21, making three of four triples.
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How other former Wolverines have fared in NBA play recently:
Trey Burke, PG, Washington Wizards: Burke is now the No. 3 point guard in Washington and plays sparingly. He's seen action in only three minutes of the last 13 games and 12 total minutes since Feb. 24. He's averaging 4.7 points and 1.7 assists per game.
Jamal Crawford, SG, Los Angeles Clippers: Crawford is averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game in 26.5 minutes per contest (77 games total). He's shooting 41.2 percent from the floor, 35.9 percent from long range. Crawford scored 28 in a 108-95 win over Utah March 25 and 19 in a 124-118 win at Phoenix March 30.
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Atlanta Hawks: The fourth-year pro continues to ascend, now averaging 14.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 73 games played (26.8 points per game). He's shooting 45 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from long range. Hardaway put up 29 points in a 104-100 loss at Washington March 22, 25 in a 100-97 loss at Milwaukee March 24 and 19 in a 99-92 win at Philadelphia March 29.
Glenn Robinson III, SF, Indiana Pacers: Robinson is averaging 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, but he's been out since March 22 with a calf injury. He's shooting 46.7 percent from the floor and 39.2 percent from three-point range, continuing to elevate his game.
Nik Stauskas, SG, Philadelphia 76ers: The third-year pro is averaging 9.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.4 minutes per game for improving, 28-47 Philadelphia. He's shooting 4o.3 percent from the floor and 37.9 percent from long range.
Stauskas scored 20 points in a 122-97 loss at Oklahoma City March 22, making five of eight triples, and notched 11 (3-for-5 from long range) in a 106-101 win at Brooklyn March 28.
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