Midseason Player Review: Nik Stauskas seeking consistency

Stauskas is the definition of a matador defender. Although he tries, he simply has no defensive chops and needs solid defenders around him. Until he improves this area, his playing time will always be capped.

Best Performance

His most impressive performance came in his season debut for the Nets against the Toronto Raptors. Hot Sauce came out firing, posting 22 points (6-9 from the field, 5-7 3PT, 5-5 FT), 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 28 minutes.

The Future:

In theory, Stauskas is a perfect fit in Atkinson’s run and gun offense. The Nets throw up an average of 34.1 triples per game (2nd) but convert on just 34.6 percent of them (28th). Hot Sauce ability to hit the long ball will certainly help Brooklyn’s terrible three point percentage. The Nets willingness to get in transition and score buckets helps Stauskas as it appears that he is just a spot-up shooter at this juncture in his career.

However as long as he continues to be a terrible defender, his minutes on court will always be capped. In his performance against the Toronto Raptors, Stauskas was seen saying “he can’t guard me”. Well, he can’t guard anyone either. If he is able to become an average defender then Brooklyn have themselves a future piece.

Until then, his time on-court is limited at 10-15 minutes per night.

Season Grade: C

All Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

 

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