In the interest of changing the culture of an NBA team and giving them a boost, drafting a new point guard to help spearhead that movement is often a very good start.
That's why skillful floor generals usually turn out to be the hotter commodities in the NBA Draft each year. With that in mind, Miami's Shane Larkin is looking to take advantage of the existent momentum for those in his position.
Considered to be somewhat of a fringe lottery pick, Larkin is reportedly said to only be working out for teams who pick anywhere between 13 and 23 in the draft later this month.
The cutoff appears to be right before the 24th overall selection, which the Knicks own. Larkin is said to not be working out for New York at all because his representation truly believes he won't be left on the board at that point. Some might believe that if the Knicks were in fact interested, a courtesy workout may be in order. Larkin is represented by Rogue Sports, the same agency that represents the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.
Still, those who have watched Larkin play believe he could ultimately emerge as a starter, or at the very least, an important spark plug off the bench for any number of NBA teams.
Clearly someone who likes to fight his way into the lane, Larkin is explosive with the ball and knows how to get to the hole with fiery quickness. Having averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists per contest as as sophomore at Miami this past season, the guard could provide a team with a little bit of everything on the offense end.
Larkin is sometimes so aggressive that when he gets into the lane, he'll turn the ball over before he can take it to the hole or dish it out to an open teammate. Still, the instincts are there. He's the type of player who, no matter what it may be, will make things happen offensively more often than not.
Larkin likes looking for teammates, but can also create offense for himself as well. In addition to being able to handle the ball well in traffic, his 54% shooting from long range last season proved he can make it rain from just about anywhere on the court.
Fresh off setting an NBA Draft Combine record with a 44-inch vertical leap, Larkin has gone on to work out for teams like the Bucks (who pick at 15), the Celtics (who pick at 16), and the Pacers (who pick at 23).
The Celtics are somewhat familiar with Larkin's skill set because they employ Jay Larranaga (son of the guard's college coach, Jim Larranaga) as an assistant coach. What's more, though the Pacers have two solid point guard options in George Hill and D.J. Augustin, Larkin would stand to be a very good fit in Indiana as well because he has shades of both previously mentioned floor generals already in his game.
Someone who enjoys pushing the tempo, teams can rest assured Larkin has grown up with a winning mentality. In addition to proving himself on the collegiate level the past two seasons, the Miami guard is also the son of Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin.