Shaun Livingston: A Redemption Story

July 15th, 2010 by Brett Roberts Leave a reply »

Shaun Livingston was the 4th overall pick by the Clippers in 2005, but went on to suffer one of the most horrible knee injuries ever seen in professional sports.  He tore 3 of the 4 main ligaments, along with dislocating the patella (knee cap) and tibia-femoral joint.  

Seldom do players ever return to form following injuries that severe.

But Livingston has exceeded all expectations.  Last year, in a game for the Wizards, Livingston exploded along the baseline for a thunderous dunk.  The move was emotional for Livingston, who had not shown such force in his dunks prior to it.

It's not often you can land a 6'7" point guard, but Livingston's body is perfect for basketball.  His long arms and thin frame enable him to play great defense, and he sees the court extremely well.  

I would not be surprised to see Livingston start, with D.J. Augustin coming off the bench. 

Livingston is a great pass first point guard, whereas D.J. Augustin can be a bit of a chucker at times, which isn't always a bad thing in a second unit that lacks "firepower."

Last year, his PER-36 ...

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