Welcome to another installment of Where Are They Now! In this piece, we’ll look back at a fan favorite — Nate Wolters.
Wolters decided to play college as a Jackrabbit at South Dakota State, a school where he flourished in his four-year career. During his senior season, he averaged 24.3 points and 6.4 rebounds. That was good enough to capture the attention of the Wizards, who selected him as the 38th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft — the same draft that produced Giannis Antetokounmpo. Wolters would then be traded to the Sixers on draft night, then the Bucks the following day.
Due to him being the only healthy guard on the roster, Wolters racked up 30 minutes in his NBA debut and contributed with nine points. He would go on to start seven of the Bucks’ first nine games of the season, as Luke Ridnour and Brandon Knight were both injured. During that timeframe, he’d average 8.3 points and 2.7 assists.
Wolter’s season would come to an end with 13 games left on the year as he fractured his hand. Following Jason Kidd’s entry into Milwaukee, Wolters would see the court sparingly. He would then be waived by the team in January in order to sign Kenyon Martin.
The South Dakota State product would then land with the Pelicans, where he signed a 10-day contract. He was waived at the conclusion of it, then landed in the G-League. As a member of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, he put up a triple-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The next season, Wolters started out with the Los Angeles Clippers’ summer league team. That time was then cut short following a fractured finger. He would then sign with the Turkish league team Besiktas, where he averaged 11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He’d go on to sign a one-year deal with the Serbian team Crvena Zvezda.
Wolters scratched his way back into the NBA by signing a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz in September of 2017. However, it wouldn’t last long. He was eventually waived by the Jazz after appearing in five games.
That would launch the second stint of Wolters’ European carousel, where he went from French team Elan Chalon to Zalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League to Maccabi Tel Aviv to BC UNICS. Then, on August 10th (just a few weeks ago), Wolters returned to Crvena zvezda, which is his second stint with the Serbian club.
So, what’s Wolters up to now? Growing up in Minnesota, he’s an avid Minnesota sports fan. You’ll see a lot of Twins takes and whatnot on his timeline. Additionally (and this is something many of us Brewers fans can agree with), he has a disdain towards Tony LaRussa:
This is crazy. No one worse then old school baseball guys. https://t.co/UDwZ7S6ukv— Nate Wolters (@NateWolters) May 18, 2021
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