Viewed as a throw-in for the Trevor Booker deal that brought back Jahlil Okafor and a 2019 second-round pick, Stauskas is a former lottery pick who has clearly had some confidence and a lot of playing time in the past. “He got shell-shocked in Sacramento by [DeMarcus] Cousins. His confidence was shot,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Post. “He had a bad experience there and lost confidence. Cousins is a bad teammate, and it affected him poorly. He comes to Philadelphia, and showed flashes but never consistency, never enough. “He can shoot, but he’s not a great shooter. … This is his third team now. He had an opportunity in Philadelphia; I don’t know. He’s not very good defensively. You’ve got to do something well, and I can’t answer that. Can he shoot? He’s got a funky-looking shot, and just never really got it going.”
“Lonzo’s shot is exactly how mine was through my freshman year of college — exactly,” Martin said. “The N.B.A. is a faster game, so I knew I had to tweak it just a little. Just moving the ball to the right a little bit, away from my face on the release, helped tremendously.” Combined with the Kings’ subsequent input, which included counsel from the likes of Rick Adelman and the storied former Princeton Coach Pete Carril, Martin went on to shoot 40 percent or better from 3-point range in three seasons and averaged at least 20 points per game for five successive N.B.A. campaigns at his peak.
Sean Cunningham: In speaking with George Hill at his function at Encina Prep HS in Sacramento, I asked him if he’s more at peace in knowing his role with the Kings. His response in the video below.