Larkin had a breakout season with Miami and made even more history on Thursday when he became the highest Hurricane selection in 48 years when Atlanta took him with the 18th pick.
Though, after he donned a Hawks hat and posed with commissioner David Stern, Larkin was apparently traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
But the new NBA player already knew something was going on when he left the stage in Brooklyn wearing the Hawks hat. Shane Larkin commented, “Now I just can’t wait to get to whatever city I’m going to.”
The Mavericks will do well having Larkin, whose father, Barry Larkin, is an MLB Hall of Famer. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle commented, “Shane would have made a great baseball player had he opted to go that way. I think that’s obvious. He selected to go with basketball, which is interesting, and he’s excelled with it.”
And so has Kelly Olynyk. For those who have paid attention to college basketball, Olynyk is largely responsible for helping Gonzaga along to the No. 1 seed spot in the NCAA national tournament, though the team was defeated in the second round.
Despite this, the new Celtic is strong, and also has a great basketball background. Olynyk’s mother was a university-level referee and worked for the Toronto Raptors for almost 10 years. His father also coached the University of Toronto from 1989 until 2002.
But beyond his bloodlines, Kelly Olynyk is a good player in his own right, a fact that the Celtics didn’t want to pass up on. So much so that Boston traded up three spots to No. 13 to select him in the first round. In return, they gave Dallas two future second-round picks and the Celtics’ rights to the No. 16 pick.
Do you think Shane Larkin and Kelly Olynyk will be at home with their new NBA teams?