2013 NBA Draft: Indiana Pacers Need To Be Looking At Point Guard Spot

By John Raffel
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

If they draft a point guard like Shane Larkin, the Indiana Pacers could be making a very smart move in the NBA Draft next week.

They have the No. 23 pick and the Pacers aren’t sure a player like Larkin will be available. But if he is, shoring up that position wouldn’t be a bad idea and Larkin should be a player the Pacers want to consider. Since they hope to compete for an NBA title next year, the Pacers wouldn’t be in bad shape looking for a point guard who could make some contributions coming off of the bench. Lack of bench contributions hurt the Pacers during the playoff run and a player like Larkin could give them help at a position where they’re not overly strong at for now.

Larkin is a good shooter for a point guard. Last season for Miami, he averaged 36.4 minutes, 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 47.9 percent from the floor and 77.7 percent in free throw. But he’s 6-0 and scouts say his lack of size and reach are two categories they worry about. He’s considered to be aggressive and a point guard who sees the floor well.

What a lot of teams like the Pacers will like about Larkin, is the fact that he’s excellent on defense and has been picking up a lot of steals.

Anyone drafting late in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, like the Pacers, won’t go wrong with Larkin on their roster.


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