Memphis exercises its team-option for Nik Stauskas.
The Memphis Grizzlies send Cory Jefferson to the Charlotte Hornets. The Memphis Grizzlies send Bruno Caboclo to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder send Nik Stauskas to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Memphis Grizzlies send a 2nd-Rounder (Mem) to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder send a 2nd-Rounder (Ind) to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Charlotte Hornets receive 5 GM points. The Oklahoma City Thunder trade -5 GM points.
Oklahoma City exercises its team-option for Nik Stauskas.
The Oklahoma City Thunder sign draft-pick Nik Stauskas for 2745840 and 2 years.
The LA Lakers send Nik Stauskas to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder send Noah Vonleh to the LA Lakers.
The Golden State Warriors send Nik Stauskas to the LA Lakers. The LA Lakers send Kyle Anderson to the Toronto Raptors. The LA Lakers send a 2nd-Rounder (GS) to the Golden State Warriors.
+ Lottery pick suffered crisis of confidence during ineffective rookie season with Sacramento Kings
+ College sharpshooter was unable to shoot accurately from 3-point range, making it tough to keep him on the court
+ Was target for opposing offenses as soon as he checked in. Slow-footed and weak defensively
As soon as Nik Stauskas entered the game during his preseason debut, the Toronto Raptors went right at him with a series of screens. Stauskas never showed enough resistance to change that reputation, and his difficulty on defense bled over to the other end as his confidence suffered. Add in a chaotic situation in the locker room and Stauskas' rookie season was a painful one. He's seeking a fresh start -- possibly as his new alter ago "Sauce Castillo" -- after an offseason trade to the 76ers.
A Stauskas turnaround starts with making shots. His lights-out shooting at Michigan -- 44.1 percent beyond the arc -- was the key reason Sacramento made Stauskas a lottery pick. That dropped to 32.2 percent as a rookie, and while the longer line and better defense were factors, confidence is the best explanation for how Stauskas shot just 33.3 percent on 3s marked as "open" (closest defender between 4-6 feet), according to by SportVU tracking. He has to do better because he contributes little else offensively. Eventually, Stauskas could be dangerous passing out of situations where the defense overcommits, but he has to make shots to draw that kind of attention.
Stauskas never stood a chance defensively. Between bigger opponents posting him up and teams running him through screens, Stauskas' slight frame got beat up. Adding strength, something Stauskas did between his freshman and sophomore years at Michigan as part of his breakthrough as an NBA prospect, is imperative. Stauskas also has to settle in on defense. He was always playing on his heels, worried about what might go wrong next.