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NBA Draft 2016 Profile: Michigan Basketball Guard Caris LeVert

Does health outweigh the skillset of what LeVert can bring to an NBA team?

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 NBA Draft is nearly upon us with the two-round event set to kick off on Thursday night.

Depending on who you talk to, one of this class’ most intriguing prospects is Michigan senior guard Caris LeVert, who was a four-year standout in Ann Arbor but also comes with his fair share of red flags.

When healthy, LeVert (6-foot-7, 190 pounds) was an All-Conference player for the Wolverines, but health was an issue the last few seasons. He has had three surgeries on the same foot and finished his last two years at Michigan in street clothes and a walking boot.

Despite all of this, he has a look of a player that could stick in the league due to his versatility and skill-set that he brings to the table. He has the ability to run the point or play on the wing. He does a lot of things well, but nothing particularly stands out as his signature attribute.

The three-point shot is as important as it has ever been in the NBA and LeVert certainly can knock them down. He has shot 40.1 percent from long range in his career.

LeVert has been a player that has always filled out a stat sheet, even when his shots are not falling. He is a very good rebounding guard due to his length and is a skilled passer, displaying good court vision and getting his teammates involved.

He possesses a wiry frame with room to still grow, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to bulk up enough to not get pushed around by some of the bigger guards in the league. He is athletic enough to overcome that to a certain extent.

As his Michigan career went on, LeVert took on more of a key role but still struggled to create his own offense and be the go-to guy.

Many of his attributes would suggest that he can be a successful pro coming off the bench for an NBA team, but the questions still exist physically and with his health. Is this a player that can stay on the floor for an extended amount of time?

That is what GMs will have to decide as the draft process wraps up. Because of that, he could go anywhere from the lottery to the latter stages of the second round.