A look at Wolves' possible draft options at No. 13: Nik Stauskas
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As the Timberwolves appear to be closing in on an end to their search for a new head coach, their focus is becoming increasingly centered on the upcoming draft.
With the draft combine and lottery in the books, teams are starting to bring in prospects for the slew of individual and group workouts that are held in the weeks leading up to the draft.
The Wolves hold the 13th overall pick in a draft that carries more intrigue than we've seen in recent years.
Rumors are swirling again about Kevin Love and the possibility of the Wolves pulling off a trade, and they are likely only to increase in the lead-up to the draft. Dealing Love in the next month could be Minnesota's ticket to nabbing a coveted higher spot in the draft order, but for now, the Wolves are sitting tight near backend of the lottery selections.
As the speculation continues to increase in anticipation of the June 26th draft, we'll take a closer look at a few prospects who could end up going to the Wolves at No. 13.
First up, Michigan's Nik Stauskas.
Position: Shooting guard
Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 205-pounds
Accolades: 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year, second-team All-American
Mock draft projections:
DraftExpress.com: No. 13 - Minnesota
ESPN.com: No. 10 - Philadelphia
HoopsHype: No. 12 - Orlando
CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish): No. 11 - Denver
CBSSports.com (Zach Harper): No. 12 - Orlando
BleacherReport.com: No. 9 - Charlotte
Stats: Stauskas averaged 17.5 points on a 47% clip (5.1-of-10.9) last season as a sophomore for the Wolverines. He converted 44.9% of his 182 attempts from 3-point range (80-of-182). Stauskas led the Big Ten in effective field goal percentage (58.6) - a stat that adds more weight to a 3-point shot.
Note: Stauskas could certainly be an intriguing option for the Wolves if he's still available at No. 13, especially with their bench rotation in question this offseason. Although he is questionable on the defensive end, the addition of Stauskas could add a needed perimeter scoring presence to the backcourt. The Canadian guard's draft stock has fluctuated, as he has gone from being projected as a mid to late-first round pick to a late-lottery selection.
One analyst's take:
From HoopsHype.com --
"Stauskas is one of the nation's premiere shooters and has developed some of the other aspects of his game showing an adept ability to run the pick-and-roll and be a facilitator ... He's drawn comparisons to Kyle Korver and JJ Redick and could end up one of the better three-point shooters at the next level. He may always struggle with the speed and athleticism of NBA shooting guards, but he shows the athleticism to finish off drives with dunks. He lacks great foot speed and doesn't show much lateral quickness, but pure shooters are always highly regarded in the league."