Bucks sign shooting guard Nik Stauskas

Nik Stauskas (Wikimedia Commons)

According to Spotrac, the Milwaukee Bucks have signed Canadian shooting guard Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ontario to a one-year contract worth $2 million. The Bucks become Stauskas’ sixth National Basketball Association team as he has previously played with the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Last season Stauskas was not in the NBA however, but in the EuroLeague, where he played for Spain’s Saski Baskonia, which was based in Vitoria-Gasteiz. In 22 games, Stauskas averaged nine points per game, and had an impressive three-point percentage of .422.

Throughout the majority of Stauskas’s career, he has been coming off the bench. He has only started 63 of 335 NBA regular season games. A total of 62 of those 63 starts came when he was with the 76ers for the 2015-16, and 2016-17 seasons. Expect Stauskas to be coming off the bench as well this season on a deep Bucks organization that is trying to win their second NBA Finals in franchise history. Their only other title came in 1971, when they were led by future Hall of Famer Lew Alcindor (who later became Kareem-Abdul Jabbar).

However one should know at this time is that shooting guard seems to be Milwaukee’s weakest position in their starting five. They tried to acquire Bogdan Bogdanovic of Belgrade, Serbia from the Kings, however that trade fell through, and Bogdanovic ended up signing with the Atlanta Hawks. Projected starter Donte Divincenzo of Newark, Delaware only averaged 9.2 points per game last season. Other projected bench players at the shooting guard position for the Bucks this season are Bryn Forbes of Lansing, Michigan, and Torrey Craig of Columbia, South Carolina.

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