To the surprise of many Kings fans the Kings decided to hold onto the 8th pick and draft Nik Stauskas out of Michigan. I was one of the many the was heavily in favor of trading the pick in order to help accelerate the rebuilding process and get a proven veteran player or two in return, and i was almost willing to put a huge amount of money on the pick being traded, lucky for me i didn't. At first when the Kings chose Stauskas i was a little upset because i really think the Kings should have dealt the pick and i also think that we should have gone with someone else. I still do think they should have traded the pick but the right deal must just not have been there and i have full trust in Pete, he probably wasn't getting the offers he was satisfied with. Looking at who was available i believe the Kings made the right pick, they got us the outside shooting that we BADLY needed. Another reason as to why i think the Kings went with Stauskas over Vonleh, who some think we should have taken instead, is that they may have a deal or plan in place to acquire a PF via trade like a Josh Smith who is still a realistic option for the Kings.
Stauskas can shoot the lights out, he was the best shooter in the draft. He also has sneaky good handles and above average athleticism, the kid can pass to! Defense is the part of game that he really needs to work on but he has the ability to be a decent defender at the NBA level IMO. I believe he shows flashes of Steph Curry. I see certain similarities between the two, their outside touch and their abilty to create shots is the part of their games that look really similar. He won't ever be on the same level as Curry but i think he can certainly be like a Klay Thompson type player who some have compared him to, even he has compared himself to Klay.
This guy is a perfect fit for the Kings, and i am now convinced that Nik is going to come in and have an impact right away whether it is off the bench or starting. The battle between Nik and Ben at Summer league is going to be really interesting, right now i think Stauskas would be a better fit in the starting lineup as he would space the floor for Cuz and Rudy but you never know, Ben may come out at Summer league and tear it up. Can't wait to see them battle it out! We shouldn't worry about Nik being Jimmer 2.0, Nik is a much more complete player than Jimmer and has a much higher ceiling so that comparison should be forgotten about.
Now we look forward to free agency, can't wait to see what Pete and the FO has in store. Fingers crossed we can hold onto Isaiah! In Pete we trust!