Nik Stauskas got his first taste of NBA competition during Las Vegas Summer League over the past two weeks. By all accounts, the Sacramento Kings were very happy with their first-round pick’s performance this month. “He’s a very smart kid,” Kings head coach Michael Malone said of Stauskas. “He’s a very confident young man and he’s a hard, hard worker. He’s only going to get better because of his work ethic and the fact that he picks things up very quickly. And he had some very good moments here. This is his first taste of NBA basketball, so the more he plays, he’s only gonna get better.” In seven games, the 20-year-old shooting guard put up modest numbers. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game and shot a not-so-modest 47.8 percent from 3-point distance. Stauskas played his best basketball at the beginning of summer league, but then seemed to fade at the end. That a rookie guard would tire near the end of summer league is not at all surprising nor is it out of ordinary. Seven games in the middle of summer doesn’t seem like much, but throw training camp two-a-days into the mix and you find out these guys are human after all.
Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas reflects back on summer league experience
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