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Nate Wolters’ steady play for the Indiana Pacers and the Washington Wizards in summer league proved as to why he deserves to be in the NBA this coming season. His numbers were not gaudy, but he displayed the ability to make plays for his teammates consistently. For the Pacers, in five games, Wolters finished with 6.2 ppg., 4 reb., 3.2 apg. in only 21 mpg. For the Wizards squad, in three games, Nate finished with 9.3 ppg., 3.3 reb., 3.7 apg. in 26 mpg.
Wolters showed the ability to effectively run a pro offense. Yes, it was just summer league but….. Wolters has some NBA experience already. He started 31 games his rookie year with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-2014. He split the next season with Milwaukee and New Orleans, as well as the NBA D-league squad the Grand Rapids Drive in 2014-2015. Last season he signed a contract with Besiktas of the Turkish pro league, after an injury with the Clippers summer league squad derailed his chances of earning a contract.
Nate excels in pick and roll situations. He knows when to pass or when to make plays for himself. He uses the change of pace very well and is always looking for the open man on the roll. He has a knack for keeping his body in front of defenders protecting the ball and drawing contact. Wolters is a very unselfish player. He is always looking to pass before scoring himself. A true point guard. As I like to say, there is always room for unselfish players in a selfish league.
One area that Wolters needs to continue to improve on is his three-point shooting. His stroke has solid arc, but lacks great rotation. He needs to improve to impose more of a threat for defenders. This would open his game up even more.
He could also improve his on ball defense. Since he is not the most gifted athlete he will have to be more dedicated to applying pressure and giving constant effort. He has solid awareness, so there is potential to improve for sure.
Overall, Nate Wolters has shown that he belongs in the NBA. He could come off the bench and play spot minutes on any given night. He may not be able to be a starting point guard, but he could be a consistent back-up.
Scouting Report : NateWolters