Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson spoke with the media following Tuesday's practice and was asked how he's planning to use guard/forward Caris LeVert this season with all the new additions to the roster over the summer.
"Caris is going to make it hard on me, he’s going to make it hard for the guys he’s competing against," Atkinson told Newsday. "That being said, I know where he is in his career and the type of guy he is, he's going to accept whatever role it is."
When the preseason tips off, Atkinson may run with a starting lineup that includes Jeremy Lin, D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Timofey Mozgov. Besides, LeVert, Atkinson's other starting options include Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker.
"It’s very important," LeVert said regarding working with Russell, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers. "We're two young guys along with the other young guys, and we're looking forward to playing with each other for a long time."
LeVert, the No. 20 selection in the 2016 NBA draft, made 57 appearances, including 26 starts, in 2016-17 and averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. LeVert does need to improve his long-distance shooting as he made just 32.1 percent of his attempts from behind the 3-point line during his rookie season.
-- Nick Silva