There was a swirl of speculation around the Sacramento Kings #8 pick earlier this week when it was rumored that they would send the pick to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Rajon Rondo.
That trade never came to fruition but the Kings got their guard anyhow when they drafted Michigan Wolverine guard Nik Stauskas with the eighth overall pick.
Originally projected to be a mid round pick, Nik Stauskas burst into the top 10 with his pure shooting ability.
Here is what ESPN Insider says about his game and draft status:
Stauskas continues to carry the label as the best pure shooter in the draft. He is not only lethal with his feet set but is a terrific shooter off the bounce. He is a very good ball handler for his size and can be explosive vertically. Laterally, he may struggle to guard 2s in the NBA, and he needs to get stronger, but his cockiness on the court often helps mask his shortcomings. The Kings are looking at him as high as No. 8. The Hornets at No. 9 are taking a long look, the Sixers at No. 10 are a strong possibility, and both the Nuggets at No. 11 and Magic at No. 12 are good fits. It looks like his floor will be the Wolves at No. 13.
Nik Stauskas is one of three Wolverines who could be drafted in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Mitch McGary and Glen Robinson III are also projected to be possible late first round picks.