Shane Larkin finally came off the board with the No.15 pick, the second consecutive point guard taken by the Atlanta Hawks. However, Larkin will make his way to Dallas to make his way to the Mavericks.
Although Dallas did not want to take on another contract while pursuing Dwight Howard this summer, the team desperately needed a point guard. Darren Collison has not been the player that Mark Cuban thought he was getting when he signed him via free agency. Rick Carlisle was forced to start Mike James at point guard down the stretch.
Larkin was the second most efficient point guard in the pick-and-roll last season in college hoops, behind only Trey Burke. Also, he can flat out shoot it. It doesn’t matter if it is off the dribble or in spot-up situations, Larkin seems to find the bottom of the net if he is given even a sliver of space.
At just 5’10″, size is the biggest criticism of Larkin’s game. Fortunately for him, he put together one of the most impressive NBA combine performances of history, including the second best vertical leap of all-time.
Larkin averaged 14.5 points per game at Miami last season, and shot over 40% from three-point range.