Dion Waiters

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Dion Waiters
Dion Waiters Cavs2012.jpg
Waiters with the Cavaliers
No. 3 – Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Personal information
Born(1991-12-10) December 10, 1991 (age 21)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolLife Center Academy
(Burlington, New Jersey)
CollegeSyracuse (2010–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–presentCleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
 
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Dion Waiters
Dion Waiters Cavs2012.jpg
Waiters with the Cavaliers
No. 3 – Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Personal information
Born(1991-12-10) December 10, 1991 (age 21)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolLife Center Academy
(Burlington, New Jersey)
CollegeSyracuse (2010–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–presentCleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Dion Waiters (born December 10, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. He began playing basketball his junior year of high school at Life Center Academy. After graduating, Waiters played college basketball at Syracuse. He was drafted 4th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Around the time of the draft, Waiters drew comparisons to Dwyane Wade because of his strength, shooting, and ability to finish around the basket.

High school[edit]

As a freshman, Waiters attended Bartram High School and South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, but did not play basketball at either school.[1] In his sophomore year of high school, Waiters attended South Kent School. Waiters then played basketball at Life Center Academy his junior and senior years. Following his senior year, Waiters was ranked as the fifteenth best overall recruit according to ESPNU and ranked as the number two best shooting guard in the ESPN 100. Waiters was also ranked as the twenty-ninth best overall recruit by Rivals.com.[2]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

In his freshman season at Syracuse, Dion Waiters averaged 6.6 points, 1.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.[3] In a second round loss to Marquette in the NCAA Tournament, Waiters shot 8-for-10 with 18 points.[2]

Sophomore season[edit]

In his sophomore season at Syracuse, Dion Waiters averaged 12.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.[3] He was named the Big East Sixth Man of the Year, was named AP Honorable Mention All-American, and was selected to the All Big East Tournament team.[4]

College statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2010–11Syracuse Orange34016.3.411.329.8131.61.51.10.16.6
2011–12Syracuse Orange37024.1.476.363.7292.32.51.80.312.6

Professional career[edit]

Dion Waiters was selected fourth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers despite choosing not to work out for any teams prior to the draft. This was a choice he made after receiving a promise from a team in the middle of the lottery that they would draft him if available. Many scouts also found it a surprise that Waiters was drafted so high because he did not start in college and played zone defense at Syracuse. Waiters wears number three for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Waiters was selected to play in the NBA Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend, along with teammates Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Tyler Zeller. Waiters came off of the bench to score 23 points for Shaquille O'Neal's team.[5]

Over the course of his rookie season Waiters both started and came off the bench for the Cavaliers. He was consistently bothered by a sprained ankle and loose cartilage in his knee, forcing him to miss over twenty games over the course of the year.[6]

On January 14, 2013, Waiters scored a career high 33 points on the road against the Sacramento Kings, doing so on 12/18 shooting. He also notched two rebounds and five assists.[7]

After his rookie season, Waiters was graded as the fourth best overall rookie by NBA.com, and placed fifth in NBA Rookie of the Year voting with 21 points.[8]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13Cleveland614828.8.412.310.7462.43.01.0.314.7
Career614828.8.412.310.7462.43.01.0.314.7

Awards[edit]

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