Wolters ends his offseason early, back with Bucks working out
Nate Wolters could sit around home just so long. The guard returned to Milwaukee recently to work out with other Milwaukee Bucks players as he hopes to get stronger, improve his shot and become a better point guard.
Point guard Nate Wolters averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games during his rookie season with the Bucks.
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By Andrew Gruman
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. --Nate Wolters could only take sitting around at home for so long.
After spending the first part of his offseason back home in Minnesota, the Bucks guard is back in Milwaukee working out and preparing for his second season in the NBA.
The beginning of Wolters' offseason was hampered by the fractured left hand he suffered March 20 in Golden State. Not only did the injury end his rookie season, but also Wolters was unable to shoot or use his hand until May.
"It's over and done with now," Wolters said Wednesday at the Cousins Center. "I haven't really thought about it. I'm just trying to have a good offseason and get ready for next season."
Wolters is one of a handful of players already in town working out, as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Chris Wright have spent a good portion of the last week at the team's training facility, while John Henson is expected back in the coming days.
After averaging 7.2 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games during his rookie season with the Bucks, Wolters will be one of the key members of Milwaukee's roster playing on its summer league entry. Antetokounmpo is also set to play, while the No. 2 pick in the draft along with the team's second-round selections will make up a good portion of the summer league roster.
The Bucks want to see Wolters take control and run the show at point guard during the summer league schedule.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Wolters said. "I'll hopefully get a lot of minutes. We should have a pretty good team -- Giannis is playing, a couple of other draft picks. Hopefully we will do pretty well there."
Wolters' primary offseason goal is to get stronger, but the second-round pick out of South Dakota State also is trying to continue to improve his shot. He shot 43.7 percent from the field last season and 29.0 percent on 3-point attempts, but Wolters' 3-point shooting improved as the year went on.
After hitting just three of his first 29 attempts from beyond the arc, Wolters shot 45.5 percent from distance before fracturing his left hand while fighting through a screen.
"I started shooting the ball a lot better," Wolters said. "Once you make a couple you don't start thinking about it so much. I want to get off to a good start next year and just carry it through. I just have to be able to shoot with confidence. "
Despite having Brandon Knight as the starter at point guard, Wolters is expected to play a key role in the franchise's rebuilding efforts. With the No. 2 pick coming in and other pieces expected to be added before training camp, Wolters feels the Bucks will be much improved come next season.
"We'll be a young team, but we just need to make progress," Wolters said. "Hopefully we will get off to a better start than we did last year. You never know. We'll see what happens.
"We're obviously playing to win and I would hope our fans would want us to win, as well. Hopefully next season they see the core we got and they will want us to win and not think about losing games and stuff like that."