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Writing about Nate Wolters: Naters Gonna Nate forever

Mar 8, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Nate Wolters (6) during the game against the Washington Wizards at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Washington won 114-107. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

So it’s July 31, in the 2014th year of our lord and savior Paul Pierce (Hi, Jared.), and the NBA landscape isn’t a flourishing valley of storylines and narratives.

Okay, I know there’s this Mason Plumlee over DeMarcus Cousins thing for Team USA that is for some reason about to happen, but I just don’t really care. I mean, of course, DeMarcus Cousins is a better player than Mason Plumlee. What else is there to discuss? And it doesn’t matter anyway. We have Kevin Durant; I think we’ll be okay. Disclaimer: if the BasedGod’s Curse extends to Team USA, we might have an issue.

Anyway, back to the original point—not a ton going on right now in the NBA world. As such, coming up with #content ideas gets tougher. The good news is that I live to create content and I came up with the idea to just write about a random player. It wouldn’t be a true random selection if I made the pick, however, so I had to enlist some help. So I texted fellow HP crew member Sean Highkin out of the blue, saying, “text me the name of a random NBA player.” I didn’t say anything about why or what I needed it for. He replied, “Nate Wolters.”

Aw yeah, Naters Gonna Nate. So now I’m going to write about Nate Wolters. Here we go. Woo, writing about Nate Wolters. This is awesome. I love writing about Nate Wolters; he’s fantastic. So much fun, I love this. What a great idea. I am the true content king.

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Damnit, Sean, why did you have to make this so difficult.

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All right, let’s get down to business. *Opens YouTube, plays “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan.*

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*Replays “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”* When you finish reading this you should really go watch it. It’s so great. Mulan throwing that arrow down at Li Shang’s feet as he walks out of his tent is a top five we made it moment. Yes, in case you were wondering, when it comes to combined Disney movie and Soulja Boy references at Hardwood Paroxysm, I’m your guy.

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*Thinks about a possible metaphor connecting Mulan and Nate Wolters.* Nah, that’s pretty dumb.

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Okay, so let’s stop fooling around. The internet is no place for fun. To be honest though, I don’t have a ton to say. No one was expecting that much out of Nate Wolters when the Bucks picked him late in the second round last summer. But then because of all the injuries that decimated the Bucks roster and condemned them to the worst season in franchise history, Wolters got a shot—and he made the most of it. Also he looks like he’s 12.

Did you know Nate Wolters played over 20 minutes a game last year? Well now you do. He wasn’t spectacular by any means, but he also didn’t look particularly overmatched–which is as much as the Bucks could ask. Along the way he became something of a fan favorite in Milwaukee, getting ordained with the Naters Gonna Nate nickname and even earning a poster giveaway night!

Unfortunately for Nate, he has a lot of competition now for back up point guard minutes as the Bucks have signed Kendall Marshall and Jerryd Bayless during the summer. On top of that, Jason Kidd has even mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo playing some point guard this season.

But don’t worry, even if Naters doesn’t have a place on the court next season, he’ll always have a place in our hearts. Naters Gonna Nate forever.

Jack Maloney

  • Joe Russell

    *Breaks through wall* Well, actually, he got the nickname “Naters Gonna Nate” whilst dominating at SDSU.

  • Dan DeWitt

    I watched Nate play about 120 games in college,saw him destroy Washington his junior year,beat New Mexico in the pit as a senior. He is pure point guard, don’t overlook him, he can play with the best of them.With him at the point and Knight at sg they would do well. Nate can run an offense and remember to pile up big assist numbers, your teammates have to make their shots. Milwaukee has been better with him on the floor than without him.