We bid an emotional farewell to Nate Wolters

His time in Milwaukee was short, but it was not insignificant.

To clear a roster spot for Kenyon Martin, the Milwaukee Bucks placed Nate Wolters on waivers Friday morning. He played in 58 games as a rookie last season (starting 31!) and he was no less than serviceable, averaging 7.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. But the Bucks added two new point guards over the summer and both Jerryd Bayless and Kendall Marshall have surpassed Wolters in the rotation and stayed healthy.

Relegated to the end of the bench, Wolters played in just 11 games for the Bucks this season, but often earned the praise of Coach Jason Kidd for his preparation and persistent readiness.

It hasn’t only been Kidd that’s sang the praises of Wolters either. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders tweeted out this quote earlier today:

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That story jibes with the Nate Wolters I’ve heard about too.

A lot of small stories about players are passed along in the media room or in the hallways before, during and after Bucks games. Stories both good and bad. But I can’t think of a single negative thing I’ve heard about Wolters in the past two seasons. Over and over I’ve heard about his willingness to be a team player and general good nature with everyone he encounters, regardless of what they can do for him. So best of luck to Nate on all his future endeavors.

As a send-off, Nick Whalen has compiled a highlight tape that includes more layups than any other highlight tape in the history of highlight tapes that have been uploaded to Youtube. I’m in love with it.

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9 Comments

  1. If there’s no room on the Bucks for Nate — a recent draft pick of high character who never really had a chance to show how much he had improved from last season — then I’m concerned about the future of the Bucks.

    God bless, Nate.

  2. It seems unwise to release a decent 2nd year player when you have a guy Inglis on the roster who hasn’t
    played a minute for the bucks . Hope this doesn’t come back and bite them in the butt. Actually I do hope
    Wolters hooks with a team that will give him a chance to prove that he does belong in the NBA

  3. Naters gonna Nate and Kidd must be Kidding.

    As a Jackrabbits and Bucks fan, I appreciate the tribute.

  4. I would be more concerned if he wasnt our 4th PG, but guys like nate, with limited athletic ability, no matter how nice he is, go through this all the time. He was destined for NBA journeyman status. Had he out practiced and outplayed bayless and marshall, this wouldnt even be an issue. Kidd doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy to put worse talent on the floor with any kind of consistent basis.

    That doesnt mean Nate wasnt a gym rat or a hard worker, just athletically limited. The NBA is filled with these kinds of guys, uber hard workers but limited athletically. I have NO DOUBT both Nate, and the Bucks will be just fine.

    • Things is, Jerryd and Jared and O.J., after being around the NBA awhile, are much more likely to have reached their ceilings, or to be pretty close to maxing out as players; while there’s more of a chance that a more inexperienced player like Nate, especially if he is of high caliber, might have more athletic ability and basketball potential than meets the eye.