In our continuing look at players in this year’s NBA draft who may be available and help the Bulls, we will be profiling former Michigan guard Nik Stauskas.
Stauskas measures 6’6″ and weighs 205 pounds. He averaged about 17 points per game-per 40 minutes, shooting 47% overall(44% from beyond the arc, and 50% from 2-point).
Stauskas has great mechanics on his shot. He sets his feet well and he has a quick release. He is a cerebral player who can make adjustments during a play. Worked hard last summer to improve his game, and it worked. He is not just a shooter, but a well-rounded offensive player being able to spot up for shots, shoot off the dribble and hit shots without much daylight. He even showed he could play a little point guard in a pinch.
The hard work Stauskas put in during the summer has helped him shoot up the draft board. He was originally an early second, late first round projection, but has now gone up to 10-15. He very well could be available at sixteen.
After Michigan lost their big three that led them to the NCAA Championship game last season, the Wolverines looked to Stauskas to be their go-to man, and he responded, becoming a team leader.
Though he is able to set his feet quickly on his shot, Stauskas does not have good speed. With the bigger, stronger and faster players in the NBA, he could have trouble running defenders off screens, and he could end up being just a spot-up shooting specialist in the NBA.
With his lack of body strength and below average speed, Stauskas could struggle defensively at the higher level. He could benefit from Thibodeau’s coaching, however. While he probably will not be an elite defender, with his work ethic and proper coaching he could be average defensively. Remember, too, he played just two seasons at Michigan, so his body can still mature.
Seeing that there is a premium in shooting at the NBA level, Nik Stauskas may go high. If he is available to the Bulls, his shooting can be something the Bulls may not be able to pass up.