GBB Draft Profiles: Nate Wolters

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This is another installment in the ongoing look at Grizzlies prospects for the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. This time we will be looking at Nate Wolters.

Author's Note: The Grizzlies hold the 41st, 55th, and 60th picks in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. In the coming days, I will be doing player profiles for domestic players only. All the profiles will be on players the Grizzlies have a realistic shot at drafting. So, it's not like I'll be doing a profile for Nerlens Noel. I've already covered James Ennis, Dewayne Dedmon, and Ryan Kelly. Also, be sure to check out Scott's excellent player profiles for international players!

Nate Wolters

22 Years Old, 6'5", 196 lbs., PG, South Dakota State

Best Song for a Future Highlight Reel: "Haterz Everywhere" - B.o.B. Feat. Rich Boy

What He Brings to the Table: Solid Backup Point Guard, Handles, Dynamic Offensive Game, Passing, Leadership

What He Lacks: Defense, Strength, Athleticism

Best-Case Comparison: Jose Calderon

Worst-Case Comparison: Charles Jenkins

Obligatory Highlight Reel:


Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for Basketball Reasons): The Grizzlies need scoring and a backup point guard that can actually handle the position unlike some other players (*cough cough* Jerryd Bayless). Wolters provides both. In the excellent DraftExpress Scouting Report above, Wolters demonstrates his uncanny ability to utilize multiple weapons at his disposal when the ball is in his hands. He can penetrate and score 2's from all over the floor at a high clip, pass like Ricky Rubio at times, drain the three ball, and shoot a high percentage from the free throw line all while rarely turning the ball over. As if that wasn't enough, he can also rebound exceptionally well for his position. He isn't perfect though. The Grizzlies would have to hope that he could defend his position and that his below the rim offensive game combined with his lack of quickness wouldn't hurt his offensive impact. He's worth the gamble though, and according to DraftExpress and NBADraft.net, he won't even be there for the Grizzlies pick. I don't buy that though. I think he should be there for the Grizzlies first pick at 41, and if that's the case the Grizzlies should snatch him up without hesitation.

Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft HIm (for non-Basketball Reasons): If for nothing else, draft him for the hilarious stories that are sure to ensue about Wolters not being let into the locker room, the arena, or the hot club because he looks like an average joe. I mean, just look at his face. Does that look like the face of a basketball player? No.

Mock Draft Predictions: Pick 38 Wizards (DraftExpress), Pick 28 (San Antonio)

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