More Stauskas Love - from Grantland

Submitted by JeepinBen on March 5th, 2014 at 1:33 PM

So Why Should You Know Him? First and foremost, because it’s great rooting for goofy-looking Canadians to do badass things on a basketball court. I loved him last year, but now that he’s turned into a star, it’s even better. Nik Motherf—in’ Stauskas is fun for everyone.

I have no idea if Stauskas can be as good as Klay Thompson in the NBA, but for now, the Klay comparison works well. Imagine if there were no Steph Curry in Golden State and it were on Klay to lead the offense. Substitute Trey Burke for Curry, and that’s sorta where Michigan is right now. They have an improved Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson III … but it all starts with Stauskas, the Lithuanian Canadian wild card at the center of the offense.

Blue Guava posted this in the other Nik thread and also mentioned that the author missed the "not just a shooter" memo, but it's nice to see Nik getting the pub on the "journalistic" side of the WWL


snarling wolverine

March 5th, 2014 at 6:03 PM ^

Fun article, although they seem to be mixing him up with McGary when they speak of him "playing his way into the starting lineup" in time for the tournament.  He started pretty much his whole freshman year.


Evil Empire

March 5th, 2014 at 8:32 PM ^

Basically everybody picked us third behind MSU and OSU, focused on the losses of Burke and Hardaway, predicted that McGary and Robinson would be the big time players on the team, predicted Gary Harris as POTY, said Nebraska would suck, and some of them put Stauskas on the all-conference third team.