We started examining potential picks for the Sixers at the No. 10 when we looked at former Creighton Star, Doug McDermott.
Though the club would need McDermott to slip some for them to really get a crack at him, let's examine a player that should be available at the No. 10 spot come draft day: Nik Stauskas
Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan, sophomore, 6-foot-6, 207 lbs
Best Case Scenario: Klay Thompson
Worst-Case Scenario: Marco Belinelli
Now let's breakdown a few plays where Stauskas looked his best:
***First, it needs to be understood that whoever gets Stauskas, that team will be getting a man who loves his protein. Please observe how Michigan created a one-of-a-kind being known to the world as (drum-roll) JACKED STAUSKAS***
1) Michigan vs. Iowa, Stauskas' shooting ability
Now that we know our boy Nik (Nikky?) likes his protein on EVERYTHING, we can check out how he torched Iowa during some B1G action this season.
In this clip, Stauskas is primarily being used as a trailer with 2013 American hero and Kate Upton-date-asker Spike Albrecht serving as the primary point man
Because the Iowa defense decided that now was a good time not to turn around, Stauskas gets his feet set quickly and is ready to launch as soon as the pass that Albrecht sent him hits its mark
And by time he launches the ball its, of course, much too late to stop the shot. Bang-bang, Stauskas-gang.
Off the Pick-And-Roll
Stauskas was also very good pulling up in the P&R, sometimes using his unorthodox step-back move to create a great deal of space when being guarded heavily. In this shot, an Iowa defender is looking to close in on him after the P&R develops.
Morgan begins to roll from the high post and Stauskas could easily swing a pass to him as he cuts to the basket, but instead, Stauskas takes it himself off the dribble
Stauskas gets his defender shaking and uses a quick power-dribble and a step-back combination to get him wobbling
After that it's all over. Bang-Bang, Stauskas-Gang.
2) Michigan vs. Michigan State, Stauskas' vision
Stauskas was very efficient and improved his vision a great deal, but especially in the pick-and-roll for Michigan this season. In this clip, Gary Harris is guarding him after the P&R comes.
Michigan State's defense starts collapsing the high post on Stauskas to stop his penetration, not a bad idea, but there still is Jon Horford just sliding to the basket. NBD guys. NBD.
Horford slips all the way to the lane and two guards bum-rush Stauskas, which is when he finally gives up the ball to the open man.
The ending here is pretty simple. But it all started with the P&R and the ability to get someone free out of the high-post.
3) Michigan vs. Texas, Stauskas' ball-fakes and how fast he gets his feet set
In the NCAA Tournament, Stauskas is cornered by a few Texas defenders on the weakside wing and can't find a way to get out without doing some sort of ball fake, something he happens to be good at.
He's eyed down by two players but still manages to take care of his defender.
He gets his man in the air and then quickly, very quickly, sets his feet for a shot while the help defender is closing in.
Stauskas gets his feet set in less than a second and ready to launch, it's quickness like that in his shooting ability and mechanics that will make him deadly at the next level.
Final Analysis: With Stauskas improving his game so much after he got the ball plenty at Michigan this year, he'll turn out to be a dominant shooter at the NBA level because of the quickness that he has getting his shot off and keeping the fluidity of his shooting mechanics. He can create with the ball and is improving in isolation sets so the hope is that he continues to improve at this rate and he can be used as more than a one-dimensional shooter.
But there is a fear that he'll turn out to be just that.
How he'll fit with the Sixers: Stauskas could fit well with the Sixers off the bench or in a Sixth Man role. In transition he can be used as a trailer or out of the pick-and-roll finding other players in stride or setting up his own quick jumper. The part that worries many is if he can create at the NBA level because he can't defend at all and will his quickness getting his shot off also be strong at the next level.
With Brett Brown coaching him, the assumption is that he could turn into a player like Klay Thompson that can average around 12 points his first year and steadily increase next to a solid pass-first point guard like Michael Carter-Williams.
But if he doesn't progress or improve his ball skills, he'll turn out as a one-dimensional shooter. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing for the Sixers, who couldn't hit a barn with a bazooka from the perimeter. Shooting is what they need desperately, so it seems like a win-win with Stauskas.