Year-In-Review | Nik Stauskas
80 G | 27.4 MPG | 9.5 PPG (39.6 FG%) | 36.8 3FG% | 132 3FGM | 81.3 FT% | 2.8 RPG | 2.4 APG
• At one point towards the end of the season, Stauskas said he felt he’s improved in each of his three years as a pro. Numbers from 2016-2017 would confirm that claim. His established statistical highs in games played, playing time, points, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, 3-pointers made, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.
• No member of the Sixers’ backcourt shot the ball this season with more overall efficiency than Stauskas, who generated a respectable true shooting percentage of 54.0. This metric accounts for the combined efficiency of a player’s 2-point, 3-point, and free throw shooting. Furthermore, Stauskas paced the Sixers with a 36.8 3-point percentage.
• Throughout the year, Stauskas blended in relatively seamlessly with the starting and bench units alike. In 27 games as a starter, he manufactured 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game. In 53 outings as a reserve, the Canadian was a little bit better, posting 10.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 26.3 minutes per tilt. Particularly of note, Stauskas fit in nicely - albeit subtly - with the Sixers’ starters amidst the team’s 11-5 stretch from December 30th through January 30th.
Even more so this season than in the past, we saw a consistent willingness from Stauskas to put the ball on the floor, and attack the rim. According to stats.nba.com, he drove to the tin 380 times, second-most among his teammates. Stauskas also manufactured 1.26 points per possession and a 69.6 scoring frequency on cuts to the basket, good for second and first, respectively, among Sixers with at least 50 appearances.
With Sergio Rodriguez on the shelf for the final nine games of the season, Stauskas assumed back-up point guard duties for the Sixers. He quickly showed he was up to the task, handing out a career-high tying seven assists March 29th against Atlanta in what marked his second outing running the reserve unit.
Stauskas netted 20 points in the Sixers’ March 20th overtime loss at Orlando, then followed up that effort two days later in Oklahoma City with a second straight 20-point outing. Never before had Stauskas delivered 20 points in back-to-back games.
Statement for the Summer:
“I think [confidence is] something that’s going to need to continue to improve moving forward. For me, moving on to next season, the biggest thing I want to improve is my consistency, and I think a lot of that’s going to come from staying level headed, and not getting down on myself when things aren’t going my way. The mental game is something I’m going to need to continue to improve. As I do that, consistency will come with it.”