Boston Celtics Draft Profile: Nik Stauskas

By Eddie Santiago
Nik Stauskas
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The NBA Draft Combine has passed, and the Boston Celtics are going to be major players with two top-20 picks, including one in the lottery.

In this draft you can still get a solid player who can start or possibly be a rotation player for years to come. An interesting prospect is University of Michigan star swingman Nik Stauskas.

Stauskas is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who won the Big Ten player of the year award and made huge improvements to his overall game between his freshman and sophomore years. He’s a lights-out shooter, and is also underrated putting the ball on the deck and getting to the rim.

Stauskas averaged 17.5 points on 47 percent shooting while also dishing out 3.3 assists per game. Winning the player of the year award in what some considered the best league in the country is no small feat.

During his freshman year he was primarily a shooter to space the floor for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke. It is impressive that he took the leadership role when it was assumed that Glenn Robinson III was going to take it.

He’s not very quick laterally so staying in front of his man on the next level will be something that can hurt him. He’s surprisingly long so he’ll be able to play the passing lanes, and get an abundance of steals.

He can absolutely fill it up and can score from anywhere on the floor. He’s one that when he gets hot he can carry you for a whole game, and sometimes stretches during the season.

A good NBA comparison for Stauskas is Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. He’s primarily known as a shooter, but is definitely more than that. He has a silky smooth jumper and all around offensive game. Andrew Wiggins isn’t the only Canadian in this draft who can play.

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