The Dallas Mavericks drafted Shane Larkin in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft thinking he would one day be the starting point guard. Larkin was going to have a big roll in the offense last year, but Jose Calderon had an excellent season and that made it hard for Larkin to find quality minutes. Barry Larkin’s kid guided Miami to its best season in school history in 2013.
While Larkin may not be a good fit in this offense, his explosiveness and his desire for the game of basketball may force Rick Carlisle‘s hand. While his size leaves much to be desired with a 5’11″, 180 pounds, Larkin is an elusive guard that has the makings to be a great player next to Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks will be going through a tough time when Nowitzki retires and that could happen in the next few months if he decides to go elsewhere in free agency. With all of that being said, the Mavs would be wise to give the starting job to Larkin and see what he can do with it.
A frontcourt of Larkin and Monta Ellis would be one of the smallest duos in the NBA, but it would also be one of the fastest and explosive duos as well. Larkin has been labeled as a sixth man at best in the NBA, but there is something special about him and the Mavs spent a first-round pick on him. It would be a complete waste to keep Larkin on the bench for another year. There is no reason why Gal Mekel should take minutes away from Larkin. With Nowitzki gone, the Mavs need a face to their franchise and Larkin could be that guy if he is given the necessary minutes.