Kings Sign Nik Stauskas

WEDNESDAY, 7:48am: The deal is official, the team announced.

TUESDAY, 11:57pm: Eighth-overall pick Nik Stauskas has signed his rookie deal with the Kings. The 20-year-old guard confirmed the contract signing via his Twitter account and posted a picture on Instagram of himself signing the contract. Earlier, we heard that Stauskas was expected to officially sign with the Kings at some point today. Based on our table of projected salaries for 2014 first-round draft picks, the former Michigan sharpshooter will earn roughly $2.7MM in the first year of his deal, assuming that he signed for 120% of the rookie scale amount.

Stauskas blossomed during his sophomore season in college, increasing his scoring average from 11.0 PPG in 2012/13 to 17.5 PPG. More impressively, the 6’6 guard maintained a consistent shooting percentage from the field and long distance – around 47.0% and 44.0%, respectively – with more minutes and an increased number of shot attempts per game relative to his freshman season. Despite his offensive talent, there have been some concerns about Stauskas’ ability to defend at the NBA level. As Zach Links of Hoops Rumors noted, Stauskas will have an opportunity to thrive as an effective role player if he can make some signifcant improvements defensively early in his career.

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