Shane Larkin Traded to Dallas Mavericks: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Mar 6, 2013; Coral Gables, FL, USA;   Miami Hurricanes guard Shane Larkin (0) dribbles the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at the BankUnited Center.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

With the 18th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Shane Larkin from the University of Miami and subsequently traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Here's everything you need to know about Larkin:

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Larkin's physical attributes:

Larkin tested as the best athlete of any prospect at the combine. He ran the fastest sprint while recording the second-highest max vertical leap (44'') in the history of the event. There's no hiding the fact that Larkin is undersized in every way. He measured in at 5'11'' and 171 pounds with a limited 5'11'' wingspan. Though many refer to Michigan star Trey Burke as undersized, he's got two inches on Larkin vertically, an extra 17 pounds of muscle and six more inches of length (6'5''). 

However, speed, quickness and balance are what drive Larkin's production. He's tough to stay in front of thanks to a first step that allows him to hit gaps and break down defenses.


Getting to Know Shane Larkin

Professional sports pedigree runs in the family for the son of Barry Larkin, but more importantly, Shane has demonstrated the type of demeanor and discipline it takes to be successful. He's a hard worker who wants to get the most out of himself in all areas of the game.


NBA Player Comparison

Even though he's not considered the top point guard prospect in this draft, Larkin compares to a shorter Derrick Rose because he can compete, get to the rim, elevate and hit jumpers from all over.

His floor will likely be a Kemba Walker-Nate Robinson hybrid, someone who's an impact player but not a full-fledged star.


Pro Predictions

In his first couple seasons, Larkin will serve well as a playmaking floor general off the bench.

His explosive quickness will help him badger opposing point guards, and his leaping and shooting aptitude will burn foes who sleep on him or go under screens.

Three to five years down the road, his quarterbacking skills will be well-polished, and he will have a featured role as one of the better point-men in the league.

Even if he doesn't become a superstar, he's going to be a dangerous playmaker who's difficult to prepare for.