Brooklyn Nets standout Caris LeVert has returned to the court following a gruesome injury, and he’s playing well.
“It almost didn’t feel real,” LeVert said after his first game in three months, a 125-106 loss to the Chicago Bulls. “Just being through foot injuries before, it definitely wasn’t new to me. Being away from the team in a season, definitely not new to me. I just tried to stay positive through everything, knowing there’s definitely a finish line, a goal in mind. I’m not going to be hurt forever; it’s a fixed amount of time. I’m still going to have a long career.”
LeVert finished with 11 points, four assists and five steals in 15 minutes – the five steals tied a career-high and was a Nets season best. He’s played in three games since his return and put up 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in a win at Cleveland Feb. 13.
He’s averaging 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
How other former Wolverines have fared recently:
Trey Burke (Played at U-M from 2011-13), Dallas Mavericks: Traded Feb. 1 from New York … Has played in five games since the trade … Averaging 11.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game … Shooting 41.4 percent from the floor and 36.5 percent from long range in 38 games played … Missed seven games starting Dec. 1 with a knee sprain … Scored 18 points and added five rebounds and five assists in a Feb. 8 loss to Milwaukee.
Jamal Crawford, SF, Phoenix Suns: Averaging 6.4 points, 3.4 assists per game for 11-48 Phoenix, shooting 36.6 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from long range in 17.6 minutes per game (49 games) … Scored 17 points in 16 minutes on 6 of 8 shooting in a Feb. 13 loss at Los Angeles (Clippers).
Tim Hardaway Jr., SF, Dallas Mavericks: Traded from New York Feb. 1 … Averaging 18.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists, shooting 39 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from three-point range … Scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting in a Feb. 10 win over Portland, following up with 20 points in a Feb. 13 loss to Miami.
Duncan Robinson, SG, Miami Heat: Averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game for 26-30 Miami … Has played in six games this year and is shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 28.6 from long range in 7.3 minutes per game … Has been back and forth between Miami and Sioux Falls of the G-League, where he averages 20.7 points through 29 games with the Skyforce and is shooting 51.2 percent from the floor, 48 percent from long range.
Glenn Robinson III, SF, Detroit Pistons: Averaging 4.1 points and 1. 3 rebounds per game for the 26-30 Pistons … Has become a little used bench player in Detroit, averaging 13.7 minutes overall playing in 32 games but very few the last several weeks … Shooting 38.3 percent from the floor and 30.2 from long range.
Nik Stauskas, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers: Traded from Portland Feb. 3, cut and was re-signed … Averaging 6.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game … Shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, 36.6 from three-point range … Scored seven points in 23 minutes of a loss to Brooklyn Feb. 13.
Moritz Wagner, PF, Los Angeles Lakers: Slowed by injury early and has played in 22 games so far with the 28-29 Lakers, spending time in the G-League … Averaging 3.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game.
D.J. Wilson, PF, Milwaukee Bucks: Averaging 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game (29 games) … Hasn’t scored more than five points in his last seven games for the 43-14 Bucks.
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