Nate Wolters Traded to Philadelphia 76ers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterJune 28, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 21:  Nate Wolters #3 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits drives in the second half against Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 21, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the No. 38 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards selected Nate Wolters from South Dakota State University and subsequently traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for Glen Rice, Jr.

Here's everything you need to know about Wolters:


Player Profile

 Nate Wolters has been one of the most productive players in the country since his sophomore season at South Dakota State, averaging at least 19 points per game in each of the last three years.

Wolters led his team to to back-to-back NCAA tournaments, finished No. 4 in the country in scoring and tallied 53 points in a game earlier this year. Despite facing inferior competition in the The Summit League, Wolters' talent level and production can't be to ignored.

The Jackrabbits star averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game as a senior in 2012-13.


Physical Tools

At just under 6'5'', Wolters makes up for speed, quickness and athleticism with great size for a ball-handler. He uses his height to effectively read defenses and finish in traffic inside.

Wolters plays under the rim and lacks the explosiveness of your typical NBA guard. However, his instincts, basketball IQ and size for the position help compensate for his athletic limitations.


Ball-Handling Creativity

Wolters is crafty and deceptive as a ball-handler. He has great command of the basketball, with the ability to change directions on a dime, freeze the defense and hit the gap.


Finding Space, Navigating Through the Defense

Wolters is patient with his dribble. He rarely gets trapped on the court.

The guard is able able to read what's in front of him. Wolters knows how the defense will react with each move he makes—not just his man, but the help defenders as well.

He's tough to defend on ball screens, where he has the option to either pull up, attack or execute the pick-and-roll.

Watch how Wolters finds the correct route to the basket and gracefully weaves his way through the defense:

Once he gets to the rim, Wolters is a flexible finisher. He's able to score on either side of the basket, illustrating body control and balance. The Jackrabbits star uses angles really well when it comes to finishing on the move and attacking the paint.


Creating for Teammates

Wolters was a volume scorer at South Dakota State, but in the pros he won't be the top scoring option as he was in college. 

The 22-year-old has the skills to develop into a pass-first point guard in the NBA. He is a true playmaker, whether those plays are for teammates or himself. His ability to beat defenders off the dribble, along with his great vision, intelligence and passing skills, create opportunities on offense.



Wolters is an accurate shooter, finishing above 36 percent from downtown in three of his four years in college. He inexplicably shot 24 percent as a junior, but rebounded to shoot nearly 38 percent as a senior.

The guard doesn't get very high off the ground on his jumper, but times his release based on his defender's positioning. Wolters likes to shoot off the dribble, looking to knock his defender off balance while he gains rhythm and space to fire.


Touch on the Move

Many of Wolters' points come on the move. He lacks explosiveness against defenders, instead the crafty guard uses floaters, runners and other shots off one foot.

Wolters has a soft touch when scoring in the lane, with the ability to convert off-balance shots with regularity.



Wolters lacks athleticism at a position that traditionally requires it in the pros, which will limit his upside as an NBA player.

He will have a big adjustment to make coming from The Summit League, where he dominated the ball and always had the green light on offense.

The Jackrabbits star will also face difficulty getting his shot off against athletic defenders in the league.

Defensively, he lacks the lateral quickness of your typical NBA point guard. He'll have to prove to coaches he won't be a liability on the perimeter.





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