I love Michael Carter-Williams. He’s a tall PG and there’s not many like him. However, Shaun Livingston is an exception.
I loved Livingston as a rising star with the Clippers before that…that awful injury. If you’ve seen the injury or at least the video of it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t recommend it. Let’s just say there’s a lot of people that are rooting for him as he makes an impact with the Brooklyn Nets.
Yes, Livingston is a 6-foot-7 point guard who shares a lot in common with MCW in terms of build and even game. One of the things that can sometimes be hidden under the hood of Shaun is that he’s got an amazing basketball I.Q. And, like I said, before his injury, he was indeed a rising star. Not a superstar. Just a star; definitely worthy of starting on most NBA teams.
Livingston has come alive this past season. And just for the record, I will focus on the regular season. He averaged 8.3 points with 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. All in 76 games. I mean…76 game. Get it? Those numbers may not seem great, but the Sixers don’t need greatness from Livingston, just a serviceable backup.
Let’s ignore the other fact that he shares the same birthday as my grandmother as well. The biggest reason why I would like for the Sixers to take a look at Livingston is simply because he could really be a mentor to MCW.
During the days of Jrue Holiday, I always would push for a veteran point guard to mentor Jrue. It’s important, in my opinion, to have young PG’s mentored by either the coach, or, more ideally, a point guard who has been there. Livingston’s only 28, and has some good years ahead of him. Grab him, put him under MCW, and watch the show. There’s no telling how huge of a role Livingston could play in the development of Carter-Williams. Both players have a similar mold, which is hard to find in the NBA.
But, that’s me. Let me hear ya; should the Sixers pursue Livingston, or at least some back-up veteran PG?