How do you grade the Sacramento Kings pick of Nik Stauskas?
With the eighth overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings select not Aaron Gordon, not Marcus Smart, not Noah Vonleh, not Julius Randle, but Nik Stauskas – shooting guard, University of Michigan.
No one saw it coming. After drafting Ben McLemore to play the same position a year earlier, the Kings front office went to the well again, this time taking a talented wing from Canada.
The instant reaction from fans on Twitter was mass confusion. A few threw out “Jimmer 3.0” while others voiced frustrations and were searching for answers.
Here is the harsh reality: the weakest position on the Kings’ roster last season was shooting guard. McLemore, Marcus Thornton and even Travis Outlaw was given a shot to start in the Kings backcourt. The position was nothing short of a disaster.
Stauskas is a shocking pick, unless you understand that the Kings need playmakers and they need shooting. That is exactly what the 6-foot-6 guard brings to the table.
The Kings ranked 27th in 3-point percentage last season and they just landed arguably the best shooter in the draft. He’s not Jimmer. He’s not Ben McLemore. He is a high basketball IQ player that fits a handful of major needs.
You’ve had some time to digest the news. Nik Stauskas is your newest King. After you have put out the fires on your front-yard and backed away from the ledge of the Tower Bridge, how do you grade the pick?