After Rajon Rondo went down last year with an ACL tear, it set up a roller coaster ride with Avery Bradley at the point guard position. Some nights went smoothly, but the lasting impression is that dreadful playoff series against the Knicks.
Bradley excels at playing off the ball, not with it in his hands, and with Terrence Williams’ future in doubt, finding another point guard seems paramount. Danny Ainge must feel the same way, and could find one through the upcoming NBA Draft. According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe,
Don’t be surprised if the Celtics nab a point guard with their first-round pick. They are taking a long look at Miami’s Shane Larkin, who is a master at running the pick-and-roll, as a potential backup to Rajon Rondo. Rondo has two years left on his contract and his condition and performance next season is uncertain coming off surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament. German point guard Dennis Schroeder is also a consideration
The Celtics also worked out Larkin, so there appears to be serious interest from Boston’s end in the University of Miami guard. He averaged 14.5 points per game this past collegiate season, along with 4.6 assists per game.
Larkin would give the Celtics a new dimension at the point guard spot with somebody who can shoot the ball. He knocked down 40.6 percent of his shots from behind the arc. As pointed out by Washburn, he’s dangerous in the pick and roll, and could be lethal coming off of picks as a scoring option.
Boston still needs to address its depth in the frontcourt, but a player with Larkin’s talent may be hard to pass up in the mid-first round. Check out the highlights below to see what Larkin could bring to the Celtics.