The Kings used the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on Michigan guard Nik Stauskas.
Stauskas (6-foot-6, 205 pounds) is considered one of the best shooters in the draft. He averaged 17.5 points as a sophomore, including 44.2 percent from three-point range.
The Kings made improving their outside shooting a priority this offseason.
“To be honest, I just feel like I bring a skill that not many people have,” Stauskas said. “I bring a skill set that’s needed in the NBA. I really take pride in being the eighth pick in the draft, and I’m not going to let them down.”
It’s the second year in a row the Kings have picked a shooting guard. Ben McLemore was the pick last year.
Stauskas became one of the nation’s most well-rounded offensive players, winning Big Ten Player of the Year honors. Stauskas shot 44 percent from 3-point range in two years in college and improved his ball handling and defense considerably in his second season when he took over a big share of the playmaking role with departure of star point guard Trey Burke to the NBA.
Stauskas is from Mississauga, Ontario, and followed top pick Andrew Wiggins as the second Canadian taken in the draft.
The Kings are coming off their eighth straight losing season but are looking for improvement in the second season under owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro and coach Mike Malone.
There was little progress in the first year under the new leadership as Sacramento went 28-54 for a second straight season as Malone was not able to turn the Kings into the defensive-minded team as he had hoped.
Sacramento is looking to build around a core led by temperamental power forward DeMarcus Cousins, small forward Rudy Gay and point guard Isaiah Thomas. Cousins signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension before last season, Gay exercised his $19.2 million option earlier this week and Thomas is expected to stay despite being a restricted free agent.
The Kings have struggled in recent years to add to the core as first-round picks Jimmer Fredette (2011) and Thomas Robinson (2012) are no longer on the team and McLemore struggled as a rookie.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.