Where will Wolters land?

Anybody that claims to know where Nate Wolters will go tonight in the NBA Draft is insane. There are too many uncertainties ahead of probable place to know - both in terms of conflicting takes on available talent and potential trades.

That said, there are enough bits of information available to at least formulate a short list of the most likely homes. Again, keep in mind this is hardly an exact science. Every team in the NBA scouted Wolters at least once during his senior year at South Dakota State and then again at the NBA Draft Combine in May. For example, maybe a club has fallen in love with him to the extent that it felt a pre-draft interview or visit was unnecessary. 

At this point, there are only clues. For starters, Wolters seems most likely to go in the range of picks 21-50 based on two things: Projections by reputable draft writers and public interest expressed by teams picking in that range.

Here’s how that part of the draft looks when filtered through a code. Bolded teams brought Wolters in for a pre-draft workout; italics means the team met with him at the draft combine; bold and italics signifies a workout and a combine visit; names in plain text did neither:

21. Utah Jazz
22. Brooklyn Nets

23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers

26. Minnesota Timberwolves
27. Denver Nuggets

28. San Antonio Spurs

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

30. Phoenix Suns

31. Cleveland Cavaliers
32. Oklahoma City Thunder
33. Cleveland Cavaliers

34. Houston Rockets
35. Philadelphia 76ers
36. Sacramento Kings

37. Detroit Pistons

38. Washington Wizards

39. Portland Trail Blazers

40. Portland Trail Blazers

41. Memphis Grizzlies
42. Philadelphia 76ers

43. Milwaukee Bucks

44. Dallas Mavericks
45. Portland Trail Blazers

46. Utah Jazz

47. Atlanta Hawks

48. Los Angeles Lakers

49. Chicago Bulls

50. Atlanta Hawks

So of those 30 picks, 23 belong to teams that have met with or worked out Wolters. Furthermore, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah and Atlanta have multiple picks in that range - and Wolters visited all of them. He both visited and met with Milwaukee, Cleveland and Portland. The former two of those teams have employed Roosevelt grad and former Skyforce coach Nate Tibbetts at some point during the draft process, for whatever that’s worth.

Now, watch Wolters end up with Miami (which doesn’t currently own a pick) or Minnesota, which has said it won’t pick a point guard. Either way, the guessing game ends tonight. 

Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.