Good article talking about Nik's ascendance from Canadian kid to potential lottery pick. There were quite a few interesting facts about him that I have not heard/read before:
- Watched tape of Steph Curry while at Michigan to learn techniques for ball handling
- He is defying his genes as his Father is only 6' and a computer programmer, as is his brother
- Became a basketball fan at 7 when Toronto got the Raptors
- "When he was 10, Nik was called down to the court during an open practice at Air Canada Centre and got to play two-on-two against Carter, surprising his idol by swishing a three."
- At age 12 his Father remade his shot to the near perfection we enjoyed
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but by NBA draft outlets he is being compared to Jason Kapono and Kyle Korver. These are absurd comparisons that are purely based on skin color because he is much more athletic. Also something that is often overlooked in his shooting prowess is his ability to shoot 3's BOTH off the dribble as well as in catch and shoot situations. Most players, even our beloved Trey Burke, have only shown the ability to do one of those very well, but not both. Nik is going to be an excellent scorer in the NBA, is smart enough to function in an NBA defensive scheme, and will quickly become a top SG (the weakest position group) in short order.
Mitch looks petty good in this video. He is knocking down 3s at a high percentage.
Edit: The link does not work anymore -- sorry.
Starts about about 27:24
Some key points:
- Biggest reason for improvement was his offseason first time weightlifting
- Loves playing on the road and to the crowd
- Scouts like him but see him as confident borderline cocky but he's not worried about it
- Got a lot more possessions to show off his handle this year
- Kentucky loss really hurt for a few days
- Trey Burke is the best player on Michigan the past 2 years
Utah has won the #5 Pick in the NBA Draft. This puts them in an interesting position based on the talent available. The first tier of talent goes 4-deep (Wiggans/Parker/Embid/Exum) and the second tier as I see it is Marcus Smart and Julius Randle. Obviously Smart would be bad for Burke by taking his starting position, or it could be good if he is traded to a better team. They could also take Randle and pair him with Derrick Favors and Enes Canter in the frontcourt, though it would be difficult to play all three at the same time. Between PF/C there are 96 minutes available so all could still play 30+ minutes. Another out of the box options would be to trade the pick, possibly to the Phoenix Suns who have picks 14, 18, and 27. That would put them in range for when the SG/SF players that fit their roster needs are projected. Those14-18 range could see James Young, Rodney Hood, Zach Levine, and of course our old friend Nik Stauskas be drafted. Also this gives Utah extra picks in what is considered a deep draft. Whatever happens hopefully Trey Burke's situation improves.
MOAR LOVE for Michigan !
Trey hit the game winner against the Magic. He's had a few game winners already as a rook and he seems to be charging toward the end of the season! He's got that killer attitude and is not afraid of missing a shot.
I hope he and GR3 will play together again in the near future !
This time of year belongs to Michigan ! GO BLUE!