Grading the Mavericks: 2013 NBA Draft selections: Shane Larkin

Posted: June 30, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in Thoughts

Mavericks selections:

1st round: PG Shane Larkin, Miami 

2012-13 Season Stats:

14.5 3.8 4.6


Derek Harper. Brad Davis. Jason Kidd. Steve Nash. The Maverick’s first round selection Thursday night is in good company and is buying into the hype. However, the organization doesn’t anticipate Shane Larkin to become the next star at the point in Dallas; some might compare him to a JJ Barea, or a Rodrigue Beaubois.

“[Larkin] comes in with that kind of a punch, He’s able to get by the best of them. He’s about as quick as it gets. His ability to shoot the long ball and create, especially the way the game is played nowadays, is just really, really important.” –Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson

“Our pick-and-roll game this past year was not at the level we’re used to, so we wanted to get better in that area, Shane’s one of the best in college basketball at doing that. A lot of people try to go under screens because of his quickness and he shot behind screens very effectively. He’ll see a lot of different coverages in this league, and what we’ve seen is that he does a good job reading situations.” –Coach Rick Carlisle

Larkin, the son of the legendary shortstop Barry Larkin, is an agile, and rapid, ebullient point guard whom is very crafty at running the pick-and-roll game. Larkin was measured with a lengthy 44-inch vertical leap at the 2013 NBA Combine and averaged the sixth-most points as a pick-and-roll ball handler (6.4) in the NCAA last season, and also carried the Hurricanes to a final four appearance in the NCAA tournament. Larkin was a very skilled stretch-shooter (40.6% from behind the arc in the 2012-2013 season)

Grade: B+

The Mavericks accomplished on what they were looking for and grabbed the perfect guy to fit the Maverick’s mold. Larkin will make an immediate impact off the bench in the 2012-2013 season and will add some needed athleticism off the bench.

Shane and Barry Larkin discuss their excitement over Shane being drafted, Shane’s upbringing and much more.



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