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Nik Stauskas Looking for Rebirth in Philadelphia

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Nik Stauskas had a lack-luster rookie season to say the least during the 2014-2015 season, as the former Michigan sharpshooter averaged 4.4 points, .9 assists, and 1.2 rebounds per game in 73 regular season games for the Sacramento Kings in an average of 15.4 minutes on average per night. Not up to par as the expectations set for Stauskas.

It also didn’t help that the Kings drafted him being Ben McLemore, who they just drafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. In addition to that, it didn’t help that the Kings went through three different head coaches last year, all from Mike Malone to George Karl. On jumpers before the all-star break, he shot 28.8 percent. Stauskas called that the worst slump of his life.

“I didn’t play the way I wanted to and that’s just on me,” Stauskas said when disscussing how he thought about his rookie season, as he described it ‘very poor’. That’s just on me. That’s why this summer I’ve taken the time to work as hard as I can so I don’t have to go through that and I can show people the player I am in this league….

In 2015-2016, Stauskas will get the chance to shine, as the Kings traded him to the 76ers along with Carl Landry and Jason Thompson as a ‘salary dump’ to offer more money to free agents. The 76ers are in need of guards, but they don’t get the memo. It’s Stauskas chance to show his worth alongside Tony Wroten in their back court, and see how he meshes with Nerlens Noel and the 76ers lottery pick Jahlil Okafor.

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