Midseason Player Review: Nik Stauskas seeking consistency



Possessing average athletic ability, speed and very little strength, Stauskas struggles to beat or take defenders to the rim. At times, his 205 pound frame resembles 170 pounds. Defenders bully him off his desired spots and every shot at the rim is difficult. He completes a lowly 33 percent of his drives to the cup with defenders often teasing him with open lanes.

The same applies in shot creation and shooting off the dribble from mid-range. He is shooting 27.3 percent inside the arc, often struggling with size and length. When Stauskas attempts to push off, the defender remains on top of him forcing a tough shot. His ability in college to create space has not translated into the NBA and appears to be best served as a spot-up shooter at this juncture.

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