Nets guard Caris LeVert shoots over Hawks guard Marco Belinelli on Dec. 4, 2017, at Philips Arena in Atlanta.


LeVert On WFAN: Nets Can Be A Playoff Team

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October 17, 2018 - 2:08 pm


Caris LeVert says he believes the Brooklyn Nets have what it takes to be a playoff team this season, but he's more concerned about the team's more immediate goals

"I think we can be (a playoff team)," the shooting guard told WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Wednesday. "But like I said, that's big picture. We're focused on every day, maximizing our potential, getting better every day. We're a young team, and we're growing together. We're starting to get more experience together each and every day with each other.

"Playoffs is obviously something that we all want to do. Not many of us on the team have experienced the playoffs, and that's definitely a goal. But I think every day we're just trying to get better and work toward that, for sure."

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The Nets, who have lost 54 or more games each of the past three years, will open their regular season Wednesday night at Detroit. Meanwhile, LeVert has been mentioned by some analysts and fans as a breakout candidate in his third season.

The former Michigan star said he's not letting the hype affect him. 

"I don't necessarily pay attention to it," he said. "It's hard to kind of ignore it, especially in today's society with social media and everything like that. ... But I try not to focus on that. You can't really control what people are saying. When people are talking negatively of you, you don't really pay attention to it. Obviously, it's a huge praise and a high honor for me and I appreciate it, but at the end of the day, it really has no relevance. I'm just trying to be the best me I can every day."

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As for how the Nets might look different this season, LeVert said to expect a faster-paced offense. 

"I feel like in years past, we played pretty fast, but I think this year it's much faster," he said. "It's more read and react. There's definitely more quick plays, quick-ball-movement plays, where in years past I think the ball was moving side to side and then you kind of knew when we were going to attack. I think this year is just more read and react, more ball screens, more catch-and-go situations, just more quick plays. And I think we're trying to speed up the offense, get more 3's up and defensively cause more havoc."