The stars of college hoops gathered together last Thursday to celebrate the forthcoming of officially growing up and showcasing their talents in the NBA. This NBA Draft was one of the most anticipated drafts in recent memory, since 2003 at least, and did not have many shocking picks.
Andrew Wiggins was the obvious choice at number 1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the NBA Draft lottery for the 3rd time in the past 4 years. The next 2 picks were also no brainers. Jabari Parker, Duke Forward, went to the Milwaukee Bucks while Kansas superstar, Joel Embiid, went to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The first Michigan basketball player was taken at pick 8 as Nik Stauskas was picked by the Sacramento Kings. He is the highest drafted Wolverine since Jamal Crawford was also drafted at number 8 in 2000.
Staukasis adds shooting to a team looking to build around DeMarcus Cousins. They went a mere 28-54 last year, finishing under the .500 mark for the 8th straight year. They also missed the playoffs for the 8th straight year, which is the 2nd longest streak of years missing the playoffs (Minnesota’s is the longest at 10 seasons).
Stauskas, as said by ESPN NBA analyst Jay Bilas, is the best shooter in this years draft and he would pick him over Creighton shooter Doug McDermott in a game of horse. Now, instead of lobbing it up to Glenn Robinson III for a big slam, he has big man in Cousins. Expect a better season out of the Kings and a great rookie season by Stauskas.