Being a Brooklyn Nets fan must be tough.
Coming off a terrible 20-62 season, Nets fans had to watch the Boston Celtics receive their No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft stemming from a previous trade.
However, Brooklyn has made some important additions this summer. Taking 19-year-old center Jarrett Allen in the first-round of the draft, the team also traded for sharpshooter Allen Crabbe, defensive-minded wing DeMarre Carroll, veteran championship-winning center Timofey Mozgov as well as former No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell.
On a young, developing and rebuilding roster, those four additions should receive substantial playing time alongside dynamic point guard Jeremy Lin. One of the other names to watch is 23-year-old Caris LeVert, who averaged 8.2 points and 3.3 rebounds over 21.7 minutes per game in his rookie year last season.
In an interview with Taylor Rooks of SportsNet New York, LeVert explained why Nets fans should be pumped up about the upcoming season.
“I think they should be super excited,” he told Rooks. “We have a lot of new faces. We have a lot of guys with similar skillsets but at the same time, also very unique. We have a lot of wings but you have a guy like Allen (Crabbe) who can really shoot, you’ve got a guy like Rondae who can really defend and really finish around the basket.
“I think we have a lot of pieces that really go well together and it will be interesting to see how quickly we can mesh together and go out there and win games,” he added.
LeVert expressed a great deal of excitement about the prospect of playing alongside Russell.
“I was super excited because I’ve seen him going back to high school, honestly ... Us both being from the Midwest ... So I saw him play a lot. He’s got such a high IQ. I think a really underrated part of his game is his passing. Coming out (of Ohio State) everyone knew he was a great passer," he gushed. "That’s kind of overlooked now. He’s someone who everyone would love to play with. He finds guys naturally. That’s like a sixth sense that not a lot of people have.”
LeVert also pointed out that there are a lot of versatile players on the team, making the comparison to a certain Golden State Warriors All-Star.
“We have a lot of guys who are between 6’6” and 6’8” and that’s great in the league right now because you see a lot of undersized 4 men, a lot of guys like Draymond Green who can play the 4. We have a lot of guys who can do that, for sure. And I think that’s the position —if you have a great stretch 4, a great 4 who can defend multiple positions, then you’re in pretty good shape," he said.
Since the Eastern Conference could end up being wide open beneath the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, the Nets have a chance to shock the world. LeVert likes their chances.