The Boston Celtics will certainly be in the market for point guard help this summer and an interesting name has popped up on their draft board just over the past few weeks. Miami point guard Shane Larkin went on an incredible role over the past two months of the college basketball season and now looks like a guy who could seriously consider leaving college early for the NBA.
Only a sophomore, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would be back in a Hurricanes uniform for his junior season earlier in the year, but his play was off the charts late in the season and scouts now believe he could be a first round selection. He has the physical traits to also do well in pre-draft workouts so it would be a big upset if he were not taken in the first round if he does make himself available.
The Celtics would be all over Larkin if he lasts to their pick this summer. He is only 20 years old and is dynamic with the ball in his hands. The son of Hall of Fame baseball player Barry Larkin, the basketball Larkin would make for a great back-up in his first year wearing green. He is similar to current Celtic point guard Rajon Rondo in that he loves to utilize his speed to attack the hoop and get layups or go to the free throw line. He is streaky from three-point range, but is more than capable of getting hot and making consecutive three-pointers.
Shane Larkin would be an excellent choice for the Celtics organization if he is still around when they pick this summer.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18