Joe Caporoso concludes our New York Knicks draft prospect series with a look at South Dakota State Guard Nate Wolters.
At 6 foot 5, 195 pounds point guard Nate Wolters was the driving force behind back to back NCAA Tournament appearances for South Dakota State. An impressive ball handler who has the ability to score, Wolters showed enough explosiveness to be an encouraging late first round prospect despite playing for a mid-major.
Last season he averaged 22.6 points per game on 48% shooting along with 5.8 assists. Wolters shot 38% from three-point range. Offensively, he is an efficient, smart player who can consistently find a way to put the ball in the basket. There is valid concern about his ability to play defense in the NBA because of a lack of lateral quickness and a lack of length.
He is very likely to be on the board for the Knicks with the 24th pick and if selected could slide in as backup combo guard that provides a little juice to the bench. We know Mike Woodson isn’t crazy about playing rookies but Wolters should immediately be able to bring some type of offensive output in limited minutes as a backup. The Knicks could use a little more depth in their backcourt after Jason Kidd retiring and Pablo Prigioni’s future with the team being in limbo.