The Sacramento Kings were rumored to be interested in swapping picks with the Boston Celtics who owned the No. 6 pick in 2014 NBA Draft, but the two sides were unable to find a middle ground. That left the Kings to retain their own pick, allowing them to select Nik Stauskas out of Michigan with the No. 8 selection.
One of the better shooters in the draft, Stauskas will be able to open the floor for Sacramento however he’s a bit of an odd fit considering the Kings already have Ben McLemore on the roster.
Below is a quick scouting report on Stauskas from NBADraft.net:
Pure shooter with a picture perfect stroke and excellent range (44% career 3 point shooter) … Gets his feet set quickly and gets solid elevation on his jumper. Long arms also help him to get his shot off … Crafty, cerebral player who maximizes his athletic ability. Good at making adjustments during plays … Fiery competitor. Appears to lack a conscience and does not shy away from the limelight.
The earlier rumor suggesting the Kings and Celtics were talking of a potential swap was said to include McLemore, so it’s possible the Kings may have another move in the works (be it tonight or down the r0ad), though at this current time that is unconfirmed.
We’ll continue to update any potential trade rumors as the draft continues on as well as further reaction to the Nik Stauskas selection, assuming he remains on the roster.