Mlwaukee Bucks 2013 Player Profile: Nate Wolters

By John Raffel
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Wolters is going from having a basketball uniform at South Dakota State to wearing an NBA jersey for the Milwaukee Bucks.

That, obviously, will be a tough job, but Wolters seems to have the necessary tools to get the job done and be an impact for the Bucks.

The Washington Wizards took Wolters with the 38th pick, then traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers, who later sent him to the Bucks.

He’s a 6-foot-5 point guard, but Wolters established his NBA credentials at South Dakota State by averaging 38.1 minutes, 22.3 points 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He became one of only four players in Division I history to total 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists. Wolters is an excellent ball handler, can see the floor well, and is able to get players involved.

He obviously has the tools to be a good NBA player. But the Bucks like Wolters’ shooting potential, considering that, as a senior, he shot 48.5 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent in threes and 81. 3 in free throws. It was at South Dakota State, but the Bucks are counting on Wolters to make a successful adjustment to the NBA.

In Summer League ball, he scored 20 points in his last game with the Bucks to show the shooting skills he has. He struggled in shooting, which demonstrates how much adjustment he still needs to make to the pro level.

Wolters may not see much action this season with the Bucks, but he will see action in the future, as his maturity and knowledge of the NBA game grow. He also has to be more confident in his shooting at this level.

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