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Kings rookie Nik Stauskas sings Justin Bieber's 'Baby,' and Celtics' Marcus Smart loves it (Video)

Dan Devine
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While the impromptu dunk contest/shot-making competition was probably the highlight of last weekend's 2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, the "Rookie Karaoke" performances prompted by Kazeem Famuyide of theSTASHED.com weren't very far behind. You can check out the full video if you'd like to hear a number of incoming freshmen try to work their way through pieces of their favorite rappers' verses off the top of their heads on the spot — if you're not opposed to bawdy talk, I'd strongly suggest heading to the 5:22 mark to hear Charlotte Hornets big man Noah Vonleh earnestly and without reservation spit some of Migos' "Freak No More," which is kind of bananas — but for my money, the money part of the clip comes when Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas makes three fatal errors:

1. Saying he's got Justin Bieber on his iPod;

2. Agreeing to sing "Baby"; and

3. Doing so within earshot of the Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart:

Let's revisit that, moment by moment, with a guess at the participants' internal monologues:

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You're caught. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

You're caught. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

Smart: "Hmmm?"

Stauskas: "Oh, no."

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You're in trouble. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

You're in trouble. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

Smart: "No way."

Stauskas: "Oh, no."

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You're really in trouble. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

You're really in trouble. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

Smart: "Hahahahahahaha."

Stauskas: "Oh, no."

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You're beat. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

You're beat. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

Smart: "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA"

Stauskas: "dangit"

While that mustn't have been especially pleasant for young Mr. Stauskas, let it never be said that Smart isn't a point guard through and through all the way to his very core, because he was kind enough to offer his fellow rook a post-Biebs assist:

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That's kind of you, Marcus. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

That's kind of you, Marcus. (Screencap via theSTASHED.com)

Maybe not quite as adventurous as a Stauskas family dap, but still, a warm-hearted gesture.

After the clip saw the light of day, Stauskas steered into the skid on Twitter:

It's OK, Nik. Every rookie has stuff to work on before he can take his game to the next level. I mean, when Landry Fields entered the NBA out of Stanford, he couldn't even come close to accurately impersonating Lionel Richie or Nicki Minaj, and look at him now! Patience, practice and perseverance will get you a long way, my friend — maybe even all the way to the top. (You might want to keep those rehearsals under wraps for a little bit, though.)

More on rookies around the league from NBA.com:

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