With the eighth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings have selected Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas.
The 6’7″ product out of Michigan played two seasons with the Wolverines and was the Big-10 Player of the Year. He averaged 17.5 ppg, shot 44.2% from behind the arc, was an 82.4% free throw shooter, and averaged 3.3 assists per game. He was also a consensus All-American.
He is a great shooter who also has the ability to distribute the basketball and can play point-guard. He can also create his own shot and get to the rim.
There are questions about his defensive ability at the position though. Also, there is the fact that he does need to bulk up a bit considering he has a bit of a thin frame.
“He’s obviously somebody that everybody marks when they’re getting ready to play Michigan, yet he’s able to get shots out of the offense, get shots on his own. He’s really doing a lot off the dribble. His length helps him there. And he’s got great range obviously. He’s tremendous.”
Pairing him with Ben McLemore will create a lethal shooting combo in the backcourt, and dare I say it similar to the Splash Bros. across the bay. This could turn out to be a great choice for the Sacramento Kings.
Here’s what some are saying on twitter.
Welcome to Sacramento, Nik Stauskas! #SacLovesSports
— River Cats (@RiverCats) June 27, 2014
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) June 27, 2014
One thing that might keep Stauskas’ minutes slightly down early on is his defense. Really struggles to guard.
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 27, 2014
We’ll keep you updated through this draft, including Sacramento’s second