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2014 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings get a D+ for picking Nik Stauskas at No. 8

By James Herbert | NBA writer

The Sacramento Kings selected Michigan guard Nik Stauskas with the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The 6-6, 205-pound Stauskas averaged 17.5 points per game in 2013-14 for the Wolverines, who finished 28-9 and lost to Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

Stauskas gives the Kings an absolutely deadly shooter from behind the arc. He made 44 percent of his threes last season. With the attention that Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins attract on offense, he's likely to get some open looks. He also gives the team another ballhandler in the event that Isaiah Thomas does not re-sign in free agency.

There were rumors that Sacramento would try to trade the pick from the moment the lottery ended. The Kings intend to keep Stauskas, not trade him, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

Nik Stauskas averaged 17.5 points per game in 2013-14 for Michigan.(USATSI)

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