Nik Stauskas — who adopted the nickname “Sauce Castillo” because of a closed captioning error — is spicing up the game for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Stauskas’ nickname has increased his popularity in Philadelphia, which is the same city in which rapper Lil Uzi Vert hails from. Uzi and fellow rapper Future teamed up to create “Too Much Sauce”, a song that blew up in the summer of 2016.
The song consists of three minutes of Uzi and Future rapping about how much swagger they have. And with the way Stauskas has been balling lately, the song is more than fitting for the third-year NBA guard out of the University of Michigan.
The 23-year-old is averaging a career-high 8.9 points while shooting a scorching 51.5 percent from the field, according to Basketball Reference. Stauskas is more than just a shooter, displaying his athleticism with acrobatic finishes at the rim early on in the 2016-17 season.
Stauskas had a season-high 15 points in the Sixers’ win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, a game in which his wizardry was on display.
Stauskas’ acrobatics seem to be a current good-luck charm for the Sixers (2-9) because whenever he takes flight for a tricky layup, they win.
Stauskas was up to more tricks against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 11.
Information from Sports Illustrated was used in this report.
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