The 3rd Man In

Wolters has potential to be special

Second-round picks in the NBA are usually not very sought after, and those players selected rarely turn out to be contributors in the league, but the Milwaukee Bucks may have found a gem.

As a senior, Nate Wolters evoked memories of John Stockton averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, while being named an All-American, but because he went to South Dakota State he was overlooked by many NBA scouts.

He had to wait until the 38th overall pick to hear his name called on NBA Draft night, as the Washington Wizards selected him, and then was apart of two separate draft day trades that landed the former mid-major star in Milwaukee.

This move by Bucks general manager John Hammond could not look any better at the moment as Wolters has already exceeded expectations in his first season. Many people did not expect to see Wolters to receive much playing time, but due to the Bucks’ struggles the rookie point guard has averaged 22 minutes per game.

While his basic stats do not jump off the page (6.8 PPG, 3.3 APG, 2.4 RPG), his ability to run an offense has. Wolters had done a terrific job taking care of the basketball, as his assist-to-turnover ratio is 3.57, fifth best in the NBA among qualifying players.

This number is a key stat because although he has struggled shooting the ball, 41.6 percent from the field and a dismal 19.6 from three-point range, the Bucks need a player who run the point, while making smart decisions with the ball.

While Wolters has struggled to shoot the three, he has been a steal in the NBA Draft, and has displayed the potential of being a starting point guard in the league. Now head coach Larry Drew needs to start playing Wolters as much has he can because that is the only way he can improve.

This season has not been pretty for the Bucks, but with the emergence of Wolters the future is bright for Milwaukee.

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