Should Knicks regard Shane Larkin as highly as 2014 first-rounder?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Leading up to Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the Knicks were reportedly looking to entice opposing teams to toss a first-rounder their way. In return, New York was dangling the recently acquired guard Shane Larkin.

The 21-year-old’s rookie campaign was slowed by a devastating ankle injury suffered prior to Summer League last offseason. From there, he struggled to find a groove and come into his own with few minutes coming his way in Dallas.

USATSI_7675348_110579513_lowresDespite limited action last season, Larkin still has a potentially bright future ahead of him. He was a collegiate stud at Miami, and could prove worthy of eating up some minutes at point guard in the Knicks’ rotation this coming season.

And though he failed to make his mark in The Association this past year, Larkin still managed to turn a few heads anyway. While on D-League assignment with the Mavericks-affiliated Texas Legends, opposing coaches made note of Larkin’s ability to look like a man amongst boys.

“He’s an athletic guard who was really running the team. He did a great job of getting them into their stuff,” Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Bob MacKinnon told The Knicks Blog and SNY.tv. “After we played him, I saw Shane as a guy with, in my mind, a ten to twelve year future in the NBA.”

Coach MacKinnon added, “This was just from him being on assignment. He didn’t even have a lot of time to play with that team, but still did a great job of running their [offense]. He scored when he had opportunities, but didn’t dominate the shots. I thought he was a very efficient point guard.”

Being able to succeed without much time to get very acclimated with one’s teammates further suggests Larkin has steady instincts and knows how to lead.

The Knicks are in a transitional period where assets such as picks and young players on cheaper contracts are all the more valuable. And although the team failed to flip Larkin for a first-round pick on Thursday night, perhaps the youngster can add just as much value in the form of potential contributions on the court, if given the chance. Having been selected eighteenth overall in last year’s draft, one has to wonder how many players (point guards especially) from this year’s draft class should be considered more talented than Larkin?

Putting it simply, Coach MacKinnon asserted, “I think what the Knicks did there is acquire a first-round talent.”

Someone with a special eye for young talent, Coach MacKinnon is not only head coach of the Lakers’ minor league affiliate, but also the program director for the D-League’s elite mini-camp and annual national tryouts.




97 comments
Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

What do y'all think Phil's next move is?

I think if possible to package one of shump, larkin, murry, cleanthony with one of Stat, bargs and Jr for a Robin to melo. But who would be available? Pau gasol? He's played in the triangle.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Eh...no offense to those who like soccer...I watched a few games, and its ok n all..but this talk of soccer on ESPN radio..feels so forced....maybe I just want to hear hoops all day long lol....nba..needs to have nba radio..smh.

rgm891
rgm891

The next domino is Melo. After that, the moves will come legit flying. Have an awesome weekend everyone. Knicks all day everyday.  Represent the brand not the players.

Shawn M Hayes
Shawn M Hayes

Hello all. Really excited that we got Cleanthony.

Anyway, I think Larkin was a good addition and the Knicks should give him a shot.  I mean, if we are rebuilding with young talent.  Essentially we got another first rd pick in Larkin.  I can see Calderon, Prigs, Larkin, Murry.  Should we move Larkin??

I don't see Dalembert in the triangle.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Still cant believe the Heat got napier....Riley is a boss...smh.  We got Phil though!

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

Real nice article,he does have an element no point guard has in this draft and that is he is a freak,he raise eyebrows in last year combine as the top dog.If you consider him a first then Phil got three picks this year coming from nowhere which makes Phil the best GM in history to accomplish this we his first trade.I love Phil and I'm so happy he has control of this franchise because I feel we are in good hands going forward.To think he got this from tone guy that gave up and another that was horrible this is the best trade I ccan remember as a Knick.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Larkin Shump and STAT...all with happy walters.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Isaac Miller Pau is a free agent. We don't have to trade for him.

Chris
Chris

@carl hill That would be bad for Boston bloggers, some guy named Sandra would be posting up these that he would be a great fit for everybody but them

Chris
Chris

@MeloStat301 Soccer, Football is the most popular game in the world. More juniors in the US play soccer then any other sport

jsnooka
jsnooka

Lol I was in Bermuda on vacation and all they showed was soccer and golf. I felt like I was in sports hell

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@MeloStat301 

I figure that Jordan wanted Hairston at 24. Houston at 25 either going to trade the pick or stash a Euro, because of their need to create cap space. Miami would have probably got Napier at 26 anyway and Jordan got two second round picks for his trouble.

brookdon
brookdon

Without giving up cole smh

BK_VET
BK_VET

Does anyone know AB condition right now?

ds2488
ds2488

@OLDKNICK


AB was doing well for stretches last year with Pablo running the show while Fatty Ray was out.  A real pg who actually looks to give him the ball off P & R's could be very beneficial to his game.  The problem with Bargs was his terrible 3 pt shooting, which no pg can fix imo.  He's gotta hit the shots.


But his midrange game off the P and R was very good to me.  

Chris
Chris

@ReneNYK1 My best trades were, DeBush for Komives and Bellamy, and the Pearl for guys I can`t even remember ( It was for Dave the Rave and Iron Mike Riordan)

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@AgeesCatch STAT, if we can still call him that, should not play C. Have him start with Sammy. Knicks need to find a backup C. Or...maybe they give Aldrich a shot?

Chris
Chris

@OLDKNICK Many teams used a 2 guard front, some used a 1 guard front which is where the term point guard initially came from. Actually a 2 guard front gives you better driving lanes then 1 guard

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Only a handful of agents represent 90 percent of the NBA.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Well its really not your team but I get what you meant.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@BiggieTKB @MeloStat301  I know...I can hear it all day is what I'm saying lol.  It feels forced...almost as if...lets talk nba...then ok..soccer...blah blah blah..thanks guy..ok back to the nba...ya know?

BK_VET
BK_VET

Is that a feeling or you hearing rumblings somewhere?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic @MeloStat301  Good point....I mean I think its silly that people say "teams are helping the heat" I mean...teams are more concerned about getting better (Jordan wanting hairston) instead of preventing other teams from getting players they want.  Napier wouldn't have been a great fit with kemba already at the point...although they were uconns back court.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BK_VET 

The Knicks have maintained the Cone Of Silence on Bargnani. He was going to let his elbow heal without surgery and be ready in 8-10 weeks. That was 5 months ago.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

yup. Here's the thing too. If Calderon can get those pick and pops going with Bargs it will boost his confidence and maybe he'll hit those three a bit more too.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Blaze NYK  there are a group of at least 10 powerful agencies in the nba...each agency has several agents...but I get your point.


Wasserman

Excel

caa

landmark

relativity

bda

priority


ect.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Then its still not your team.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@knickfan2  I am not sure which STAT we have right now because of injuries, but STAT has been a force on the offense in his career days since Phoenix. He was one of the best forwards in the game just to remind you. To say that STAT sucks offensively is an insult of a big proportion.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@knickfan2 I agree he's a bad fit. However he's the best scoring threat big we have. 

He went from a P&R player only to one who developed a jumper. Now he has a post game. I'm just hoping he does a decent job offensively next year.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@knickfan2  I disagree with you. I think Stat will be good under Phil/triangle. He has developed a good post game and can hit the mid range shot consistently.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@theking @carl hill @Tony Fonseca @brookdon  I was not talking about Lin guys. Cole is not a starter or backup PG on chip team...

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Stat came back and played well at the end of the year. Problem is he could only do it in spurts. I could live with him putting up 16-18 a game and 5-7 rebs like he was at the end of the year. Only if the player who comes in behind him can do close to the same.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@AgeesCatch To each his own. We'll have to agree to disagree. I prefer a rim protector and rebounder at C. I could go with Sammy D and Aldrich at the 5.

therealprof
therealprof

@BiggieTKB @knicks1 @BK_VET You hit that nail on the head. lol. I can see a whole bunch of situations if Phil packages one of our newly acquired, or otherwise, assets with either Stat or Bargs to a team with space to absorb them in. That would show Melo that he means business.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca


@knickfan2  I am not sure which STAT we have right now because of injuries, but STAT has been a force on the offense in his career days since Phoenix. He was one of the best forwards in the game just to remind you. To say that STAT sucks offensively is an insult of a big proportion.

Now for you guys keep saying that STAT will be terrible in the triangle is unjust. Just to refresh your memory STAT average over 20 points and close to 9 rebounds per game for his career. Not many forwards average that..

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@knickfan2  The reason that you guys hate STAT is merely because of the contract and he has not been able to stay healthy. The guy has done his best and if healthy I would not mind STAT on my team any time.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@knickfan2  Most of it was predicated on Woody offense plan or lack of there of. When healthy stat is a beast offensively.  Stat's offense was never an issue in his career, his defense is /was. This is the first off season he has not had a surgery. I expect him to contribute specially if Melo leaves