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.
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.
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.