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76ers 2014 Draft Prospect Profile: G Nik Stauskas

Background

Name: Nik Stauskas

Height: 6’6″

Weight: 207 lbs

Conference: Big 10

School: Michigan Wolverines

Years of College Experience: 2

Accomplishments: Big Ten Player of the Year (2014), Second-Team All American (2014), 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament Team

Combine Results

Wingspan: 6’7.75″

Lane Agility: 10.79 seconds (11th among SG prospects)

Max Vertical: 35.5″ (t-5th among SG prospects)

Standing Vertical: 29.0″ (6th among SG prospects)

3/4 Court Sprint: 3.27 seconds (9th among SG prospects)

Shuttle Run: 2.92 seconds (7th among SG prospects)

Strengths

Stauskas will be, in the worst-case scenario, a rotational sniper at the NBA level (photo: 2-3 Hoops)

Very well known for his shooting abilities, Stauskas was one of the most dominant players in college basketball this year. His 44% shooting perfecntage from beyond the arc was among the best in the nation. If a team were to draft him, Stauskas would have an immediate impact starting or coming off the bench at the shooting guard position. He is a born scorer, averaging 17.5 points per game last year for Michigan.

He also has the ability to control a game and get his teammates involved. He always finds a way to get to the rim, and his vision and overall knowledge of the game is mesmerizing at times, as he averaged 3.3 assists per game as well.

Weaknesses

From a skill standpoint, Stauskas is one of the best players in this year’s draft class, but athletically he is not quite as enticing. Many people are surprised to hear that he is 6’6″ and weighs 207 pounds, because when playing against bigger and taller guards, Stauskas sometimes disappears at key moments. In the NBA, athleticism is key and sheer speed and power are things Stauskas lacks.

We know about his offensive production, but at the other end of the floor, it is unclear how he will deliver. We know he is one of the best shooters in this year’s draft, but he needs to round out his game to be a viable NBA starter.

College Stats:

2012-2013 (freshman): 11.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46% field goals, 44% three-pointers

2013-2014 (sophomore): 17.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47% field goals, 44% three-pointers

Should the Sixers draft him?

The Sixers do lack a go-to guy who you know can knock down a shot when needed. Stauskas provides that assurance: if shots need to be made, he can deliver. If he is still on the board with the tenth pick, and more talented guards are available, GM Sam Hinkie would be wise to make the decision to draft him. However, his lack of speed and production of the defensive end will be a concern. I see Stauskas as a very good plan B if earlier lottery picks do not go the Sixers way.

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Categories: 76ers, Editorial

Author:Luke Green

Passionate sports fan, loves to write about the Sixers and the Union

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