2013 NBA Draft: Would New York Knicks Consider Drafting Nate Wolters At No. 24?

By Paul Seaver
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The New York Knicks aren’t shy at over-drafting certain prospects — they’ve proven the ability to do so in year’s past.

Some times it doesn’t work out, ahem, Renaldo Balkman, but on other occasions it certainly does, ahem, Iman Shumpert. So, would this be something the Knicks would do in order to address their depth at the point guard position? Well, it’s a possibility.

On Monday, New York plans to work out South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters, among others. Wolters, who is known for his undeniable ability to stuff the stat sheet, is projected to be selected anywhere in the late first to early second round. So with the 24th overall pick, the Knicks could overshoot a bit and take Wolters if they feel the need to address the point guard position.

You see, Jason Kidd made the decision to retire. Actually, he made the decision to leave the Knicks to accept the head coaching position with the Brookyln Nets, there’s no retirement in that. Either way, the team is now moving forward with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni, or so you would assume. Bottom line is this — they need a youthful point guard and while they’d love to have either Shane Larkin or Dennis Schroeder, the two will likely be well off the board by the 24th pick.

That leaves the option of trading up or making a move on someone like Wolters. Lorenzo Brown would be another point guard who could be in a similar range of projection, but he’s looking more like a second round pick at this juncture.

Wolters would be a great fit in New York. He can score, he can rebound and he can dish the ball and run an offense. Isn’t that exactly what New York needs help with?


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