The first round of the NBA draft brings with it certain hopes, a look to the future and a chance to add needed youth. Shane Larkin, Dallas’ first-round pick in this year’s draft, represents all three of those things.
Larkin joins the Mavs at a position where the team was lacking last season. Despite the arrival of Jose Calderon, the return of Devin Harris and the emergence of Gal Mekel, Larkin may be the team’s future at point guard.
Only playing two seasons of college basketball at the University of Miami, Larkin still brings skills that were missing last year. The point guard spot was manned in 2012-13 by Darren Collison, a 38-year-old Mike James, the now-departed Dominique Jones and the failed experiment that was Derek Fisher. Consistency was a problem.