Rick Carlisle thinks Shane Larkin can approximate some of J.J. Barea’s overall production.

"I don't think that he and Barea are exact duplicates,'' Carlisle said. "We've missed, the last couple of years, the element that Barea brought to the game here.

"Being able to get to the rim, being able to get it going from three, the resourcefulness and some of those kinds of things. Shane's going to bring some of those things.''

A 5-foot-11 point guard, Larkin averaged 14.5 points on 60.5 percent true shooting while collecting ACC Player of the Year honors this past season.

"One of the things that's really unique about him is from an analytic standpoint he's one of the best guys we've seen coming out of college shooting off the dribble,'' Carlisle said. "And he can also get to places and get other guys involved, so I just think he's good and he's going to get better.

"I just think he's the kind of guy that fits in to today's game. I think he's going to help other guys on our team be better players and I think he's going to keep getting better, too, because he's a worker.''