Kings select for the 8th pick - Nik Stauskas

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by Rockmeister, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. Bricklayer

    Bricklayer Don't Make Me Use The Bat Staff Member Contributor

    I have been more than a little disturbed by that too. Hate when white guys get compared to white guys, and black guys to black guys. But having been very conscious of that I have been having a hard time thinking of black guys (or any non-caucassions) who fit the profile:

    elite shooter
    SGs with some swing ability
    good ballhandling ability
    can create their own shot
    work the pick and roll
    can create shots for others/good passing awareness/even a little flash
    a little moxie/clutch potential. confidence.
    better athlete than you might think
    defense lacking or at best mediocre

    who am I missing? Guys like Harden and Gordon just seemed wrong, and highly ambitious.
  2. Hallama

    Hallama Well-Known Member

    Sounds a lot like Harden. If Stauskas had a beard, I wouldn't make the comparison. ;)

    Definitely Roy fits that model.

    Ginobilli isn't white, he is a friar.

    All that being said, those guys don't hold a candle to Stauskas. ;)
  3. Hallama

    Hallama Well-Known Member

    I can see why Jalen Rose said Drazen too. But Drazen was Drazen.

    I was fortunate enough to watch Drazen at Arco a long long time ago. I was watching him warm up at the 3pt corner, standing about 10 feet behind him. Dude didn't miss, didn't hit the rim. At that time, I had never seen anything like it. Much more of a bulldog though.
  4. Hallama

    Hallama Well-Known Member

    White guy, but Hinrich might be a non-exciting comp.

    Mitch Richmond could handle and do almost all on that list too. Kings just drafted Mitch 3.0!
  5. VF21

    VF21 Unnecessary celebrator Staff Member Contributor

    You know, I like that comparison. ;)
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  6. dmj

    dmj Member

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Brandon Roy. He and Stauskus are almost identical physically, too. The big differences are that Roy was more explosive and a better rebounder, while Stauskus is a better shooter (comparing their collegiate careers).
  7. Glenn

    Glenn Well-Known Member Contributor

    My view is that if you have screwed up and still have a goal in mind, try to find the guy who solves the problem. Leave ego aside. We had two SGs before this draft, Ben and Outlaw. Drafting a good one makes sense. I would have preferred Vonleh but we already have Landry. I did not want Payton which seems to go against 90% of the forum and I am a bit ambivalent. Payton is great at everything but jump shooting and apparently we wanted the jump shooter (Nik is more than that). This may allow Ben a little room to ease into the position as I have not given up on him. These two guys are called SGs but they have very different types pf games with Nik being a decent distributor.
  8. andremiller07

    andremiller07 Well-Known Member

    Why? There's been lots of excellent white role players in the NBA
  9. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    Nobody drafts a player with the 8th pick with the expectation of being a role player unless that team is a playoff team and acquired the pick in a trade. Sacramento is not one of those teams and the 8th pick should one of the best players on the team. Nobody wants a Kyle Korver with the 8th pick.
  10. andremiller07

    andremiller07 Well-Known Member

    The reality is but 99% of the players that are drafted unless it's a stacked draft class as going to be average to good role players, if Nik is a good role player than imo for a 8th pick that's fine. Players like Trevor Ariza/Chandler Parsons are role players but they are excellent players in general.

    As long as he's not a bust and can actually contribute something is what matters.
  11. Hallama

    Hallama Well-Known Member

    Historically, the 8th pick becoming a role player isn't a horrible outcome...
  12. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    agreed. It's tough to find a guy in the NBA that Stauskas is like. He has aspects of his game that are very similar to a variety of players. And really his only weakness at this point is his defense. Even then, it's not a huge issue. I think scouts have really blown it out of proportion. He made huge defensive plays for us this past year.

    Honestly, you take Nik off the Michigan team last year and we would have been lucky to win twenty games.
  13. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    I agree, again. Most good players in the draft turn out to be role players. However, comparing a #8 pick to a role player before he's even played is a bit...unusual. He may become a good role player, but all the role players that have been mentioned are white and really wouldn't be worthy of a #8 pick. Most white players are compared to each other and while that may be true sometimes, it's not always the case. I mean Jeff Hornacek...really?
  14. andremiller07

    andremiller07 Well-Known Member

    A 2nd/3rd option on a team that went to the NBA finals is not bad at all, if Nik is a capable 3rd option in the NBA than that's awesome for a 8th pick.
  15. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    This may actually be a good comparison. I'd say Roy minus the explosiveness and ability to rebound and add Peja's three with quicker release. I think you guys are going to be surprised at how fast the ball comes out of his hands. All of those backyard three drills have really made him quicker. The ability to drive is definitely there, especially on bigger guards and he'll rise over the smaller guards whenever he wants.
  16. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    Not that he was a bad player. Just that it's a bad comparison. Completely different games. Hornacek was a dangerous man for sure.
  17. TyFreak Evans

    TyFreak Evans Active Member

    Mr. Stauskas certainly has some big shoes to fill by wearing that number. A number that, ironically, belonged to my favorite Kings player of all time, hands down. I loved Bibby. If Stauskas becomes even half the player Mike was, with the lights out shooting (or even better) that we got from Peja, Kings fans, we will be happy...
  18. upinsmoke

    upinsmoke Well-Known Member

    Best case scenario is the rookie comes in ready to contribute immediately & Ben finds his stride coming back for his sophomore season strong. Then we will have two long range hitters at the 2 guard that play off the ball and keep the defense honest on Cuz and Rudy.
  19. Gary

    Gary Well-Known Member

    I still am not liking this draft pick at all regardless to who people compare him to. He was one of my busts but I didn't think he would go top 10 so I didn't pay as much attention to him.
  20. Hallama

    Hallama Well-Known Member

    Looking forward to seeing Ben without "rookie face." Summer League will probably be another disaster for him though, honestly. He's better when there are NBA vets around him.
  21. Bricklayer

    Bricklayer Don't Make Me Use The Bat Staff Member Contributor

    Perils of retiring numbers. The Kings are hardly the most decorated franchise, but they've been around for a very long time, and over time enough numbers have been retired that the only numbers available to a player from 1-15 are 3,5,7,8,9,10,13 Hence why we keep seeing the same numbers again and again. Gotta start wearing football numbers to get up someplace clear.
  22. Uncia03

    Uncia03 Well-Known Member

    That is surprising to me.

    Outside of Parker, Stauskas was probably the surest bet for me. (Not that I would have drafted Stauskas 2nd, but there is very little question about both his position and his offensive game.)

    - Wiggins doesn't have the mentality right now to be 'the man', and it's something that will probably take a few years to come. He also doesn't have a great handle and is only a decent shooter. I expect he'll do well in getting to his very high upside, but given the same opportunities, Stauskas probably is going to be the better rookie due to his skillset and mindset.
    - Embiid's foot problem is a problem that has doomed big men. He should be fantastic if he can remain injury free...but can he?
    - Exum is completely unknown.
    - Randle isn't big/long enough to bully NBA bigs like he did in highschool/college. I like his post game at Kentucky, but will it translate against NBA size/length.
    - Gordon has the hops but he is the size of a SF with a PF's length/game, and the FT shooting scares me into thinking that he might be a non-shooting tweener PF his entire career.
    - Smart isn't a good shooter and he isn't a pass-first PG. He has a high-usage bully-type game that might not translate against NBA defensive schemes.
    - Vonleh is a project. He's got a great mid-range touch, but is he only going to be a stretch-4 or will become a more valuable versatile big?
    - McDermott has a great offensive game, but he's stuck in the too small for PF, might not be quick/athletic enough to play SF mode. I still don't know what he is and I love his offensive game.
    - Peyton can't shoot, as everyone has mentioned.

    Stauskas comes ready-made as a shooting guard. Due to his size/athleticism/skills he has a definite position, which automatically makes him less risky then some of the other lottery picks.
    He also has the skills necessary to swing to PG on occasion which gives him great versatility.

    On the offensive end the only player who is clearly better than Stauskas, starting on Day 1 is Parker...and Parker is just a flat-out stud.
    Stauskas will have defensive issues, but pretty much 80% of offensive versatile players do have defensive issues, so there is no way he 'busts' due to his defense.

    And his ability to shoot, pass, handle, and play the PnR, pretty much guarantees that he won't bust due to offense. And the way he transformed his game from his freshman year to sophomore year shows how hard of a worker he is, so he isn't going to bust due to lack of effort. I just see little-to-no bust potential for Stauskas. He certainly doesn't have the highest potential, but he's one of the players that I really don't worry about becoming at the least a solid NBA player.
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  23. Čarolija

    Čarolija Well-Known Member

    As someone who was born is former Yugoslavia who grew up watching the likes of Divac, Paspalj, Kukoč, Petrović et al. coming through the ranks, I find it really hard to accept that anyone is quite like the late Dražen! He was just a workaholic, a gym rat that pissed off his former GF at the time as she was complaining that he spent more time in the gym with basketball that he did with her.

    I still remember watching as a snotty little kid a game of basketball on TV where I saw Dražen score 112 points in a game. And this was not some bush league. It was arguably the toughest league in europe at the time. If Stauskas ends up being half the player that late Dražen was, this Kings fan will be over the moon!
  24. Dime Dropper

    Dime Dropper Well-Known Member

    The homer in me coming out now, but I'm liking Nik's personality already. His IQ and work ethic will hopefully rub off on some other guys on our team. If he chips in with 12 points on 40% 3pt shooting and thus spaces the floor in his rookie year then it's all good, everything else is gravy. Have to admire a guy who doesn't just talk about working on his weaknesses, but actively dedicates hours and hours every day to making himself better. Get the feeling that he puts his money where his mouth is and works his ass off. Easy to say the right things, but clear that he actually did the right things. Love that statement from him.

    BTW, it is hilarious that people only compare white players to other white players (and vice versa), but sometimes, there's a genuine reason for it. Though I did laugh when one of the ESPN guys compared Kyle Anderson to Tayshaun Prince. They couldn't be further from each other as players, but because Kyle is the same complexion as Tayshuan, apparently it's a legit comparison. I genuinely lol'd at that because it was so typical of the lazy comparisons that we so often see.
  25. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Active Member

    Nik reminds me of Klay Thompson. Lights out shooter and good ball handler. Can play both shooting guard and small forward.

    I think PDA saw a young Klay Thompson in him. Since there is no way the Kings get Klay, why not draft a younger version of him?
  26. VF21

    VF21 Unnecessary celebrator Staff Member Contributor

    I think PDA saw and sees a young player with a great attitude, a lot of talent and a hunger for winning that will meld well with Cuz and Rudy. I'm willing to let Nik show us who he is instead of trying to find a current player to compare him to.
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  27. pshn80

    pshn80 Well-Known Member Contributor

    How about a reality check. Out of he first seven in this good draft you would be lucky to find three immediate starters. You pick and you hope that your development program for your new guy pays off, the sooner the better. A role player is an essential part of any team from the best to the worst.
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  28. rainmaker

    rainmaker Well-Known Member

    It was a simple question. I think you're being overly sensitive.
    My concerns and questions are about PDA and our FO, not Vivek's business acumen, success or leadership capabilities.

    Not answering our problems at PG or PF, stacking offensive players on top of one another while appearing to ignore the other side of the ball, admitting Landry and Ben were mistakes by recent transactions or attempted transactions, having a head coach and GM who appear to share opposing philosophies and put shooting at the top of the list of concerns when we have and have had more pressing needs for years now, the apparent blueprint to turn this team into GS or Den part II, would be obvious causes for concern.
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  29. VF21

    VF21 Unnecessary celebrator Staff Member Contributor

    Well, that's nothing new. I generally think you're abrasive and you generally think I'm overly-sensitive. Life goes on. :)
  30. rainmaker

    rainmaker Well-Known Member

    Lady, you're the one who responded to me responding to someone else. You're the one who initiated this back and forth over a simple question. If you're looking for reasons to insult posters on a forum for which you're an MOD in a passive-aggressive manner over a simple question, the likes of which are asked hundreds if not thousands of times each year on this forum(forums are for questions and debates, are they not?), that's questionable behavior.

    First you, not me, you drop into a simple conversation with a full-on hyperbolic statement about be sounding like attorney grilling a witness, a comment meant to invoke a reaction, then when I suggest that's being overly sensitive, you take the opportunity to label me abrasive.

    Classy behavior.
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