Nik Stauskas is a shooting guard out of the University of Michigan. After a limited role during his freshman year, he spent a summer working on his core strength, and his game changed two-fold. Primarily known as a shooter during his freshman year, he took on more responsibilities as a sophomore. With the absence of Trey Burke, the team relied on Stauskas to become more of a playmaker and scorer, and he came through.
Stauskas brings one definitive NBA-level skill; perimeter shooting. According to DraftExpress, in catch-and-shoot situations, he averages 1.51 points per possession. That result is simply phenomenal. It is a reflection of his shooting accuracy, as well as his 3-point shooting prowess. He brings dead-eye shooting with a quick release, shooting 44% behind the arc. Considering how much he practices on his shooting, it’s not a surprise.
Stauskas was able to step out of his role as a shooter and become a very solid playmaker. His assist-to-turnover ratio is 2:1, well above average for a shooting guard. More importantly, he took a lead role in handling pick-and-roll situations. Not only is he a great shooter off-the-dribble behind the screen, but he shows unselfishness and court-vision hitting the roll-man for a better percentage shot. He doesn’t take high risk passes, and that is a key trait to his character as a player. He plays well within himself, and only brings his best talents of perimeter shooting and court-vision on the floor.