clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Meet Nate Wolters: The (allegedly) newest Milwaukee Buck

Thanks to a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters is expected to becoming a Milwaukee Buck. Here's your obligatory primer on the sharpshooting award-winner.

Gregory Shamus

Note: The trade has not been formally announced, but we will proceed as such and update this story accordingly.

For a small fee of a future second round pick and the 43rd overall pick to the Dallas Mavericks, the Milwaukee Bucks are expected to welcome South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters (38th overall pick) to the Cream City.

Check out our early breakdown of Milwaukee Bucks 15th overall pick Giannis Atentokounmpo.

I'm sure we can all agree that South Dakota State basketball games are not on our DVRs, but it's apparent Wolters' strengths align with some of the Bucks' biggest needs. Here's all you need to know about the Summit League Player Of The Year, three-time First Team All-Summit League point guard, and two-time Summit League tournament MVP:

NBA Ceiling (via Walter Football): Luke Ridnour

NBA Floor (via my mind): Jimmer Fredette

Scouting Reports:

Posting And Toasting

Walter FootballW

SBNation (Dallas)

YouTube Highlights:

Video One

Video Two


  • Size (6'4", 190 lbs)
  • Shooting (48% fg, 38% 3fg, 82.4% ft in 2012-13)
  • Good floater
  • Good ball-handling instincts
  • Pick and roll
  • Off-ball movement
  • Patient


  • Next level defense
  • Positional ambiguity
  • Athleticism
  • Lacks explosive first step
  • Physical strength

Our Early Reaction:

Seems about right. The Bucks lack size and shooting efficiency in the backcourt, and it appears Wolters could serve as some form of Tylenol if his game translates properly. Obviously, he's a second round pick for a reason, but he's the perfect low risk, high reward most teams target in the final 30 picks (not counting overseas investments).

Wolters has likely hit his ceiling as a basketball player, but as long as he can hit shots and keep turnovers to a minimum, he'll avoid the second-round territory most recently treaded by Tiny Gallon, Darington Hobson, or Doron Lamb.