By Chris Peterson @thepackersguru on June 4, 2014
Nick Stauskas was one of the top players in college basketball this past season and after showing tremendous improvement during his sophomore season, he is a surefire lottery pick. Here are five reasons why you should want him playing for your favorite NBA team.
Stauskas has a reputation for just being a shooter, but after ranking in the top-10 among shooting guards in nearly every athletic test at the NBA combine, Stauskas is proving that he is athletic enough to be an NBA starter, not just a sharpshooter.
Stauskas is known as a shooter but he is actually one of the better pick-and-roll players in the 2014 Draft. In the NBA, the pick-and-roll is a huge part of most offenses. The thing that makes Stauskas so effective is his shooting prowess and court vision. He is a scorer first, but did average 3.3 assists as a sophomore at Michigan, showing that he can be a facilitator as well.
At 6-foot-6, 211 pounds, Stauskas has ideal size for an NBA shooting guard. This helps him not only on the defensive end, but also in terms of getting to the basket. Last season, Stauskas was better than expected at getting to the basket, and more importantly the free throw line. This trend should continue when he gets to the NBA.
One of Stauskas' most endearing qualities is that he is a true gym rat. He works incredibly hard at his game, so whichever NBA team drafts him will be getting a player who will constantly strive to improve and become the best player he can be. After just two college seasons, he has plenty of room to grow and his work ethic will help ensure that he reaches his ceiling.
Stauskas has a reputation for being a 3-point shooter, which is true since he made 44 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Yet, he also connected on 50 percent of his two-point shots, while also making 83 percent of his free throws. He can score in many different ways, but you won't find a better all-around shooter in this draft than Stauskas.
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