The Sacramento Kings selected Nik Stauskas with the 8th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Sacramento was reportedly trying to trade out of this position all night, but wasn’t able to find a trade partner.
I think the Kings decided to go with a guy who can step in and help the team from day one. Stauskas will be able to do that because he immediately becomes the team’s best shooter. The Kings have way too many guys on their roster who do the same thing; Stauskas gives them something different.
There likely isn’t a more confident player in this year’s draft than Nik Stauskas. That is a really good trait in a shooter. It also will give the Kings some personality, which is something they need.
The common perception of Stauskas is that he is just a spot up shooter. That is incorrect. I think he is actually much more dangerous off the dribble than he is spotting up. He is an underrated athlete and has good playmaking ability. I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays stretches at point guard.
His biggest liability will be on defense. I don’t think he will be able to stay with the top level shooting guards which means the Kings will need to be creative on defense. His defense shouldn’t be too much of a problem, though, if he is used correctly.
This pick should mean that Isaiah Thomas is likely staying in Sacramento. He is a restricted free agent this year, and if the Kings had selected a point guard then they might have been content with letting Thomas go. I think keeping Thomas and pairing him with Stauskas will be a very good decision for Sacramento.