With only weeks until the 2013 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks are doing their due diligence on potentially landing their point guard of the future with the No. 24 overall pick.
Next up on the list is South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters.
The Knicks will work out Wolters on Tuesday, along with Louisville center Gorgui Dieng and four others.
It’s still unknown if the Knicks will target a point guard in the draft or look to sign one in free agency, but Wolters is a guy who could be there for the Knicks when they select as he is projected to be a late first round or early second round selection.
Wolters established himself as one of the top mid major players in the country in his sophomore and junior seasons at South Dakota State and didn’t do much to disappoint during his senior season as well. The 6’4” point guard continued to score at a high rate while improving his efficiency as he earned Summit League Player of the Year honors and led his team to their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
He averaged 22.6 points per game a season ago while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 38 percent from behind the arc. But Wolters just isn’t about putting the ball in the bucket as he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game as well.
On the positive side of things, Wolters has a great all-around skill set and shows excellent command running an offense.
However while he was one of the most productive collegiate players in the nation, it is skeptical how much his talents will translate to the NBA.
Every mid-major point guard is going to be compared to Damian Lillard and while Wolters has the skills to be a similar player, he isn’t nearly as good physically.
He does have excellent size for an NBA point guard prospect, but he lacks great length (6’3.5” wingspan) and strength, and he doesn’t have the speed or explosiveness that scouts would generally like to see at the point guard position.
However the good outweighs the bad when it comes to Wolters and if he is available when the Knicks select at No. 24, he is someone they should seriously consider.
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