Indiana Pacers season review: Caris LeVert’s debut season

Indiana Pacers, Caris LeVert - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers
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Caris LeVert shined for the Indiana Pacers

It took a few weeks for LeVert to really get his feet back under him once he left the lineup but things quickly looked upward for the guard. He scored in double-figures in each of his first three appearances but hit a bit of a wall after that.

Over his next eight starts, Caris scored 14.5 points per game but shot just 36 percent from the field and 29 percent from three-point range. From there, things really clicked for LeVert.

He finished the season with 23.4 points per game over his final 24 starts and boosted his shooting numbers in the process. Those 23.4 points came on .466/.326/.832 splits which was much better than his first few weeks in the Blue and Gold.

In total, Caris started in all 35 of his appearances with the Pacers last season while pouring in 20.7 points per game with 4.9 assists to his credit as well. He became a go-to scoring option late in the season and took over games when he felt the need to do so.

LeVert reached 30+ points five times for the Pacers. In a six-game stretch between late April and early March, LeVert averaged 29 points per game, three of such games included at least 31 points. In a late battle with the Wizards as both teams fought for a playoff spot, LeVert exploded for 35 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists in a one-point loss.

Caris LeVert was the closer for a team that needs one in a bad way. The future with LeVert at the helm looks a bit more promising than it did just a few months ago.