WISHFUL THINKING? SIXERS’ STAUSKAS NEEDS TO STEP IT UP!

By Michael Donovan

Nik Stauskas was supposed to be the answer to the Sixers’ shooting problem when they acquired him last year from the Kings.

And only in Wednesday night’s opener did Stauskas even resemble the shooter they thought they were getting with the trade.

“He was cocky,” coach Brett Brown told CSN. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

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