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2014 Draft Prospects for Suns

This is my first thread started here. Still unsure how to do it properly. Please bear with me if I mess up something...

I am looking at different draft boards and has been following some NCAA games lately, trying to spot some possible draft prospects that could help Suns in the coming draft. I am generally agreeable to the possible targets that fellow BSOTS fans have posted here, such as Doug McDermott, Zach LaVine, Adreian Payne, Semaj Christon etc.

However, I am surprise that Nik Stauskas of Michigan is hardly mentioned here and I would like to suggest fellow members of BSOTS to take a look at the sophomore shooting guard of Michigan. He is a 6'6" shooting guard with 6'7" wingspan, and his stats look like this:

Year GP Min Pts FG FGA FG% 2Pt 2PtA 2P% 3Pt 3PtA 3P% FTM FTA FT% Off Def TOT Asts Stls Blks TOs PFs
2013/14 18 35.1 18.5 5.4 10.9 50 2.7 5 54.4 2.7 5.9 46.2 4.9 6.1 80 0.7 3 3.7 3.8 0.9 0.3 1.5 1.4






















First of all, he is a highly efficient sharp shooter, above 50% 2P FG%, 46% at 3P line and 80% at FT line. His shooting form is beautiful with quick release and I believe he will be a more consistent long range shooters than anyone in Suns roster right now. I went through a few of his recent games this season and a game he played last season. His improvements are significant over the year. He has evolved into a go-to scorer from a spot-up shooter, with the ability to create shots for himself on the perimeter and he's getting to the rim on a consistent basis.

He exhibited high basketball IQ and passing instincts that help complete the offensive package. Stauskas averaged 3.8 assists per game (while keeping the Turnover low), able to play the role of a complementary playmaker, something that this team need when either Dragic or Bledsoe is not on the court. He may not have the raw athletic ability of Archie Goodwin but he is still quick nonetheless, very crafty and has a whole lot of offensive skill sets.

Some video clips for your consideration (No. 11 = Stauskas):

His major weaknesses is his defensive ability, comparing with some of the top 2 ways prospect like Garry Harris. But given his length it's not going to be as bad as Jimmer Fred. or Steve Nash, and I think Garry Harris is projected to be a top 10 pick so he's probably out of reach for Suns. Nik Stauskas is projected to be drafted at late lottery to 20+ region so the chances that we can land him is much higher. Anyway, in the clip below his weaknesses and strengths are quite well analysed:

I think his skillset is very much what we needed. Imagine craftiness of Goran Dragic plus Klay Thomson's shooting ability at the offensive end. minus the one-man fast break blazing ability thou..

He may struggle initially at the defensive end but if he's coming off the bench at the start this may not be a huge issue.

What do you guys think of him?



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