On Friday, Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Shane Larkin suffered a broken ankle during an NBA Summer League practice. The young guard out of Miami had come into what seemed like a great situation until the Mavs signed Devin Harris and Jose Calderon this summer.
At this point, it is unclear whether or not Larkin will play much this season. But, what we do know about him is that he is one of the hardest working guys coming out of this year’s draft class. Larkin tweeted after the news broke and vowed to come back strong:
Yes it is true. But if you think I won’t come back stronger then before then you got the wrong guy. #GoMavs
— Shane Larkin (@ShaneLarkin) July 12, 2013
Larkin would bring a heck of a lot of energy and poise as a rookie if he were to grab himself some playing time alongside the other guards in 2013. In his final season with the Hurricanes, Larkin averaged a solid 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 36 minutes per game.
The most impressive thing, to me, is his ability to score the basketball at an efficient rate. Larkin shot the ball at about 48 percent overall in 2012 and over 40 percent from three point range.
When he finally makes a full recovery, it will be around mid-October and my guess is head coach Rick Carlisle will work him into the rotation cautiously, if at all to begin with.
When he finally gets his shot, I would bet Larkin makes it into the rotation on a consistent basis. The kid has too much talent not to play, and the Mavs are definitely in the market for adding talent to the table as owner Mark Cuban has made it clear he wants to make a return to the NBA Finals very soon.