MORGANTOWN, W.Va– Juwan Staten didn’t hear his name called during Thursday’s NBA draft, but the former West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten will get a shot at his dream.
The 23-year-old Staten announced on Twitter that he would be joining the Sacramento Kings.
— Juwan Staten (@JuwanStaten3) June 27, 2015
Staten fielded interest from half of the teams in the NBA during his pre-draft workouts, and the Kings were one of the teams he worked out with.
Sacramento is a team undergoing the rebuilding phase, but they have one of the leagues’ top centers in DeMarcus Cousins. With the No.6 overall pick in the draft, the Kings picked up former Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein to help Cousins.
The 5-foot-11 Staten has a decent shot of making the roster with Sacramento. Point guard always seems to be the biggest weakness for the Kings. They have three true point guards in Darren Collison, David Stockton and Andre Miller.
Collison will likely be the starting guard in Sacramento. He had a solid first half of the season, but was sidelined most of the second half of the season with a hip injury.
Miller is a 39-year-old veteran and could opt to retire after a 16 year career in the NBA or end up signing with another team.
Lack of awareness was an issue for the Kings in 2015. They were careless with the ball and gave up an average 18.6 points per game off of turnovers.
Sacramento failed on many occasions to get back on defense which allowed too many easy baskets for opponents, who averaged 16.8 fast-break points.
Staten is highly intelligent and his defensive awareness could benefit the Kings next season.
Staten will play on the Kings’ NBA Summer League team. Their first game is on Friday, July 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NBA Summer League will be televised on NBATV.