Caris LeVert
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Brooklyn Nets star Caris LeVert is targeting his return in February. LeVert’s rehabilitation process has reportedly been going smoothly.

Matt Brooks

Caris LeVert is set to see the floor again soon after suffering the season’s most brutal injury.

Back in early November, the young Brooklyn Nets stud suffered a horrifying ankle injury against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Many people thought that it would be the end of LeVert’s season.

Since then, LeVert has undergone a successful rehabilitation process. With no major setbacks (always a risk for lower extremity injuries), LeVert is set to make his return at some point after the All-Star break.

LeVert’s early-season triumph has somehow become a bit of an afterthought (due to Brooklyn’s success without him).

He was undeniably Brooklyn’s best player for the first month of the season, leading their drive-and-kick offense with his ferocious downhill game. At times, LeVert looked to be the second-coming of DeMar DeRozan, thanks to his flashy footwork and a keen sense of timing around the rim.

LeVert was also one of Brooklyn’s better playmakers, averaging 3.7 assists per game; a very solid number for an off-ball guard.

Before his injury, LeVert was emerging as Brooklyn’s leading player down the stretch. In 14 games, LeVert hit two game-winners; one against the second-seed Nuggets, the other against the crosstown rival, the New York Knicks.

Not to mention, Caris was the team’s best two-way player. LeVert’s 1.2 steals per game led the rest of Brooklyn’s roster by a considerable margin.

The timing for this announcement, made by Adrian Wojnarowski, couldn’t have been more perfect.

Fellow Nets’ guard, Spencer Dinwiddie, is reportedly out for the next 15-to-20 games due to a thumb injury. The Nets’ will greatly miss his scoring. Dinwiddie’s 17.2 point average ranks third for Brooklyn.

With injuries piling up, the All-Star break can’t come soon enough for the Brooklyn Nets.

Hopefully, LeVert will continue to recover swiftly. His 18.4 points per game and hustle on defense will be a welcomed sight for this tarnished Brooklyn team when he returns.

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