Caris LeVert

Caris LeVert

28-Year-Old GuardG
Cleveland Cavaliers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
LeVert showed a lot of promise early in his career with the Nets. He became an attractive trade chip and was eventually moved to the Pacers in the mega four-team trade that landed James Harden on the Nets. The 2020-21 season was LeVert's most productive, as he averaged 20.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 three-pointers in total with the Nets and Pacers. With the Pacers deciding to retool their roster, they shipped LeVert to the Cavaliers in the middle of last season. He would only end up playing 19 games with the Cavaliers because of injuries -- 10 of which featured him coming off of the bench. He struggled with his new squad, averaging 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists. LeVert's role is up in the air heading into this season, especially with the Cavs trading for Donovan Mitchell. Even if LeVert were placed in a starting role -- a sixth-man role seems more likely -- his 22.3 percent usage rate with the team last season is not encouraging. Despite his past production and promise, LeVert's fantasy ceiling should continue to be limited as a member of the Cavaliers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Nets in August of 2019. Traded to the Pacers in January of 2021. Traded to the Cavaliers in February of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Caris Coleman LeVert was born in 1994 in Columbus, Ohio. He is the son of Kim LeVert and has a brother, Daryl. He played his high school ball at nearby Pickerington Central. As a senior, LeVert led Pickerington Central to a 26-2 record and the 2012 OHSAA Division I state championship. Growing up, LeVert played football and tennis in addition to basketball. He enjoys vacationing in Miami and is a big Usain Bolt fan. His favorite NBA superstar is Allen Iverson. Follow the skillful wing on both Twitter and Instagram @CarisLeVert. Caris LeVert played four seasons (2012-2016) of college basketball at the University of Michigan. LeVert had plenty of success while in Ann Arbor. He was slated to take a redshirt in 2012-13, but coach Jon Beilein decided the true freshman could be a valuable bench player. LeVert appeared in 33 games and made one start for a squad that would advance to the National Championship game. The 6-7 guard moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and helped the Wolverines into the Elite Eight. He scored 20 points or more seven times in what would be his only full season as a starter for Michigan. After the campaign, LeVert had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. Over the next two seasons, the wing would be limited to a combined 33 games due to injuries. As a junior in 2014-15, LeVert scored a college career-high 32 points in a Dec. 6 win over NJIT. But he would miss 14 games due to a left foot injury. LeVert would miss another 21 games during his senior season, once again due to a left foot injury. His abbreviated senior season was highlighted by a triple-double in a December win over Northern Kentucky. LeVert was just the fourth Michigan player to achieve the feat. On Dec. 30, he recorded a season-high 10 assists at Illinois. He only appeared briefly in one game in 2016. LeVert finished his collegiate career with 98 wins, just six wins away from the all-time Michigan record.

Excellent shooting Wednesday
GCleveland Cavaliers
November 30, 2022
LeVert provided 22 points (8-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists and one steal over 33 minutes during Wednesday's 113-85 win over the 76ers.
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LeVert made all five of his shot attempts in the first half as he scored 13 points in 14 minutes. He went just 4-for-26 in his previous four games before catching fire Wednesday. While his 37.8 percent shooting percentage is the lowest of his career, his 38.7 percent mark from beyond the arc is a personal best.
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In lead for small forward job
GCleveland Cavaliers
October 11, 2022
LeVert appears to be the favorite for the starting small forward job to begin the season, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Isaac Okoro has played well this preseason, but the Cavaliers may not be sold on his offense, and no one else in the running for the spot has stepped up in camp. LeVert hasn't played more than 58 games in any of the last four seasons, but when he's been on the court he's been an effective scorer.
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LeVert spent 12 games with the Nets before being dealt to the Pacers in January as part of the four-team James Harden deal. However, upon going to Indiana, his physical revealed a left kidney carcinoma. He underwent surgery to address the mass and was able to return in March. He proceeded to appear in 35 games for his new team and averaged 20.7 points, 4.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32.9 minutes. Putting aside the missed games, LeVert's 2020-21 campaign was the best of his career, as he ranked 55th in fantasy in per-game production -- his third straight season improving his fantasy value. Heading into 2021-22, LeVert should remain the Pacers' starting shooting guard and will be one of the highest-usage players on the team alongside Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon. However, before selecting LeVert as high as the fourth or fifth round, fantasy managers should consider his extensive injury history (not including the kidney carcinoma). Injuries were much of the reason LeVert slipped to 20th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, and he's appeared in more than 57 games just once in his career.
LeVert had a mini-breakout last season, though injuries remained an issue, and he appeared in just 45 games (31 starts). The versatile Michigan product averaged career highs nearly across the board, posting 18.7 points, 4.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 29.6 minutes. He was notably the Nets' leader in seeding play during the bubble, averaging 25.0 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 combined steals-plus-blocks in 33.1 minutes. The 26-year-old's development is encouraging, but he will probably be taking more of a backseat role this season. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both entering the season healthy, which will likely limit LeVert's usage, especially with Spencer Dinwiddie still on the team. Taking that into account, plus LeVert's injury history, he shouldn't be viewed as more than a late-round flier in most fantasy leagues.
The 2018-19 season was shaping up as a breakout campaign for LeVert early on. The talented 2016 first-round pick was often leading the charge for a Nets team that had the look of a team that was capable of exceeding expectations early, but disaster struck in the form of a right foot dislocation against the Timberwolves on Nov. 12. The versatile wing was back in action by Feb. 8 after missing 42 games, but it naturally took some time for LeVert to look like himself again and reclaim something resembling starter's minutes. LeVert played 30 minutes or fewer in the first 15 games subsequent to his return, scoring no more than 18 points and posting six single-digit tallies along with one scoreless effort over that span. However, the 24-year-old picked up the pace significantly over the last three weeks of the regular campaign and through the postseason, averaging 15.7 points (on 46.4 percent shooting, including 40.0 percent from three-point range), 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds over his last 16 contests, including the five playoff games against the 76ers. Now having had a full offseason to further regain strength in his foot, LeVert could be set up for that career-changing season, albeit one year later. D'Angelo Russell's departure is heavily negated by the arrival of Kyrie Irving in terms of usage, but LeVert should be the second option in the offense alongside the prized offseason acquisition with Kevin Durant (Achilles) set to sit out the entire year. Improved efficiency figures to be key to LeVert maximizing his potential, as he's actually seen his shooting percentage drop in each of his first three seasons, bottoming out at last season's career-low 42.9.
After missing a chunk of his rookie season recovering from injury, the 2017-18 campaign marked LeVert's first year of playing a full schedule. While he missed a handful of contests here and there, LeVert still played in 71 games and became a prominent member of the regular rotation. The Nets brought in Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll in trades prior to the season and despite the fact that those two ultimately held down the two starting spots on the wing ahead of LeVert, the second-year guard was still able to log 26.3 minutes per game after finishing with just 21.7 as a rookie. LeVert posted career highs across the board of 12.1 points, 4.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He still struggled a bit with his shot, however, and finished just 43.5 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from deep. He'll likely continue to work on honing in his shooting stroke, which could help improve his 1.2 three-pointers per contest. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the Nets bring back a similar cast of players on the wing. Crabbe, Carroll and Joe Harris all return, though the Nets did part ways with Jeremy Lin. Considering LeVert's ability to play point guard, shooting guard and small forward, the plethora of bodies shouldn't impact his ability to see significant minutes once again and the Nets seem likely to focus on his development as one of the foundation pieces of the future. If LeVert stays healthy, he should be able to take yet another step forward in his development. However, with so many mouths to feed, he may struggle to make more than minor gains across the stat sheet, so Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a huge jump in production going into his third year.
Drafted with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, LeVert ended up missing the first 20 games of the season while working his way back from a fractured foot that he suffered in college at Michigan. Once cleared in December, LeVert slowly earned more and more playing time and eventually took over as a starter, spending 26 of the 57 games he played in with the top unit. After playing roughly 25 minutes a night over the final month and half of the season, LeVert finished with a season average of 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 21.7 minutes. His three-point production improved as the year went on, but he only shot 32.1 percent from deep for the entire campaign, so that certainly needs some work in order to draw defenses out to the perimeter. He also shot just 72 percent from the free-throw line, which hurts his value in rotisserie leagues. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the Nets brought in both Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll in trades this offseason. That complicates LeVert's path to playing time and could knock him back into a reserve role. The upside on LeVert remains high and the Nets will likely try and get him as much playing time as possible to aid in that development, but the additions of Crabbe and Carroll, as well as D'Angelo Russell, will likely limit LeVert's ability to make a tangible leap as a sophomore.
The Nets made LeVert the No. 20 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, using the pick acquired from Indiana in the Thaddeus Young trade. While LeVert's talent is undeniable, he comes with significant health concerns after missing 35 games over the last two years due to recurring left foot injuries. That were enough to scare some teams away, but the Nets are reportedly confident that LeVert's foot issues are in the past, and he seems to be progressing toward availability for the start of the season. At 6-foot-7 with above-average athleticism and ball-handling ability, LeVert could play up to three positions next season, but shooting guard is probably his most natural fit. Brooklyn isn't exactly loaded at any backcourt position, though LeVert will have plenty of competition for minutes off the bench in the form of Sean Kilpatrick, veteran Randy Foye and fellow rookie Isaiah Whitehead. LeVert's versatility, as well as the Nets' first-round investment in him, could ultimately provide an advantage, but 2016-17 is likely to be more of a developmental year than anything else.
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Set to play Monday
GCleveland Cavaliers
November 28, 2022
LeVert (ankle) will play in Monday's contest against the Raptors, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Probable Monday
GCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
November 28, 2022
LeVert (ankle) is probable Monday against Toronto.
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Ruled out Sunday
GCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
November 27, 2022
LeVert (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pistons, Danny Cunningham of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
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Could return Sunday
GCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
November 26, 2022
LeVert (ankle) is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Pistons.
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Out once again Friday
GCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
November 24, 2022
LeVert (ankle) will not play Friday at Milwaukee.
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