Draft Grade: B (Washington Wizards), A+ (Philadelphia 76ers)
Nate Wolters, point guard from South Dakota State, was selected by the Washington Wizards and traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with another second round pick in this year’s draft. This is a fantastic, extremely savvy move by new Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie.
Hinkie is a stats guy, and he knows what he’s doing. Wolters may have played for South Dakota State in a very poor conference, but he’s a 6′ 5″, sharp-shooting guard that will have enough quickness to get into the lane in the pros. He’s a good passer, but didn’t need to pass too much in his college career as he was easily the best player on the team.
His ball-handling is very, very good, and he may end up starting over Michael Carter-Williams at the start of the 2013 season. Look for Hinkie to continue to make solid picks in this draft, and take a look back at everything he accumulated this evening. So far, it’s Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Nate Wolters, a lottery pick for next year, and an additional second round pick. Nice haul.