Aug 13, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert (middle) goes up for a shot against Portland Trail Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, a recent guest on JJ Redick’s podcast, said he believes that Caris LeVert can be the team’s third star.
Redick asked Durant if the Nets need a third star or if LeVert could be that guy.
After saying that most teams have two stars in today’s NBA, Durant stated, “I think Caris is that perfect guy for us. Any given night he could lead us in scoring or assists. He can control the offense. We can go to him in the post in a matchup. I feel like he has the tools to do everything on the basketball court.”
In 45 games this season, LeVert averaged 18.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
In 10 games in the Orlando “bubble” (including “seeding games” and playoffs), the 26-year-old had a break out performance, averaging 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.
Despite Durant’s vote of confidence for LeVert, there are (and still will be) rumors that the Nets could potentially look to package LeVert and some other players to get another star player.
The Nets are expected to be title contenders next season with a healthy Durant and Kyrie Irving.