Nik Stauskas Feels Like a Target as a White Rookie

by October 07, 2014
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Sacramento Kings rookie Nik Stauskas played well in his preseason debut Sunday, scoring 12 points off the bench (including a pair of three-pointers) in front of friends and family in Vancouver, BC.

Stauskas knows it wonโ€™t be easy making a name for himself in the NBA.

The first-round draft pick says opponents will go extra-hard at him for a couple of reasons โ€“ his rookie status, and skin color.

Per the Sac Bee:

โ€œIt helped just hearing the love that I had from the crowd and seeing my family in the stands,โ€ Stauskas said. โ€œIt was cool.โ€

 

The former Michigan star said nothing surprised him about his debut.

 

โ€œI understand that Iโ€™m a rookie and Iโ€™m white, so people are going to attack me at all times,โ€ he said. โ€œJust coming out there in the game, I felt it right away.โ€