Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Nik Stauskas (Michigan) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number eight overall pick to the Sacramento Kings in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings draft Nik Stauskas

Nik Stauskas makes a ton of sense for the Sacramento Kings. Before you say it, no he is not the next Jimmer Fredette. The only thing they have in common is skin color. Nothing against Jimmer, but he never had the impact in the NBA some thought he might.  Nik Stauskas is Klay Thompson at the next level. With the Kings ties to Golden State and their Klay Thompson love, Stauskas makes even more sense. They are almost the exact same size. Both are 205 pounds and Nik is only one inch shorter at 6 foot 6.

 

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Nik Stauskas impacts the Sacramento Kings right away. He will provide bench scoring initially and may start over last years first round pick Ben McLemore. Nik Stauskas can score both as a spot shooter and score off the bounce. With Demarcus Cousins ability to pass out of double teams, Stauskas should see plenty of open looks. Nik Stauskas can also facilitate and could even see some minutes at point guard if Isaiah Thomas were to leave in free agency.

The Sacramento Kings believe that Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas can share the floor. Rudy Gay is only guaranteed for one more season. Ben McLemore can fill Gay’s role if he were to leave in free agency in 2015. Not only does Stauskas add flexibility on the floor, but it will also give them flexibility in trades. Ben McLemore has been rumored to be in a few trades including a potential deal that could land Rajon Rondo in Sacramento.

Welcome Nik Stauskas to Sacramento via twitter.  Needless to say, he is happy to be a King.

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