|Sunken dugouts might be a pretty good remedy to players leaving the bench during altercations, actually.|Nik Stauskas
, Michigan, Sophomore, 6'6 205lbs2013/14 stats:
35.6 mpg, 17.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.3 bpg, 1.3 fpg, 1.9 TOpg, 47.0% FG, 44.2% 3PT, 82.4% FT
Stauskas will be a first round pick. The only question is how high.
Probably the best shooter on this long list of good shooters, Stauskas combines an extremely good mid- and long-range jump shot with great shot selection and a tremendous shot off of screens. Many players can catch and shoot well, but few shoot as well all around as Stauskas does, an excellent shooter off the dribble and off of curls, as well as being someone who must be contested when spotting up in both transition and the half court. To boot, there is also a step-back jumper, and a strong understanding of what the defense is giving and when. It is these skills that separate him as a shooter from someone such as the otherwise comparable Jon Diebler.
Outside of the shot, Stauskas has developed considerably as an overall playmaker. Utilising hesitations, changes of pace, dipsy-dos and the like, Stauskas can take advantage of the defensive shifts created by his lovely shot off the dribble by getting to the rim, giving himself multiple options in all pick-and-roll action, including hitting the roll man. Stauskas separates himself from other shooters by being a scorer rather than a shooter, very smart, efficient and smooth, building on what his jump shot opens up. He is fluid, he has body control, and he knows where to get to. He doesn't isolate well and nor will he likely ever, but nor should he.
Unfortunately, the defensive concerns are loud and valid. Without being an athlete, without being strong, without having a particularly good wingspan, there are not really any defensive matchups favourable for Stauskas. Quicker guys can get by him, longer guys aren't troubled by him, and stronger guys can push through him. Even opponents with roughly the same physical profile on him are not too bothered by his defensive presence, as Stauskas does not work to overcome these deficiencies with a high motor or great defensive reads.
Stauskas is extremely effective above the break and loves a high ball screen. Adding a corner three to that shouldn't be too hard, and he should be an excellent floor spacer in the NBA from the minute he enters it. But he'll also be a defensive liability from that moment on, too. So he's going to have to be good enough of an offensive player to produce more points than he's giving away. This is possible.