2014 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks Should Draft Michigan's Nik Stauskas

By Andrew Shaw
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

You can never have enough shooters on your team, and that is exactly what Nik Stauskas would bring to the table for any team in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. Hopefully, for the Atlanta Hawks‘ sake, the Michigan shooting guard falls rights into their hands with the 15th pick. The three-point specialist would be a perfect fit in Atlanta.

Coach Mike Budenholzer has instilled an offensive system based on spreading the floor and hitting the three-ball, which would be an easy transition for Stauskas coming from the college level. He’s already very similar to one of the current players on the team in Kyle Korver, and I could see him turning out to be exactly like him. Both are not only similar in size, but they each possess a unique talent from behind the arc. There are not many players that can hit threes like these two can.

Put both on the Hawks, and all of a sudden this team would be lethal. This is especially true if both were on the court at the same time. Could you imagine opposing teams trying to stop two premier shooters who constantly come off of screens to try and get open looks? It would be a nightmare for anybody, which is why GM Danny Ferry has to consider taking the Michigan shooting guard with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

I know Stauskas concerns some scouts due to his lack of strength and defensive capabilities, but you can’t deny his talent on offense. The guy averaged 17.5 points per game in college. He also shot a remarkable 44% percent from three and 47% from the field in his last season, too. I don’t care who you are, that is impressive. Give him some time to build his strength and become a better defender with Atlanta, and he will be an excellent addition for the Hawks not only next year, but the future as well.

Andrew Shaw is an Atlanta Hawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AShaw003, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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