Dion Waiters

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Dion Waiters
Dion Waiters Cavs2012.jpg
Waiters with the Cavaliers
No. 3 – Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-12-10) December 10, 1991 (age 22)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Life Center Academy
(Burlington, New Jersey)
College Syracuse (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Cleveland 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 National Basketball Association (NBA). Waiters is a 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) shooting guard and played college basketball at Syracuse. He was selected with the 4th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Early life[edit]

Waiters was born on December 10, 1991 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Dion Waiters Sr. and Monique Brown. He was raised by his mother, who had him when she was 17. Four hours after Waiters was born, his Grandmother died.[1]

High school career[edit]

As a freshman, Waiters attended Bartram High School and South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, but did not play basketball at either school.[2] 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.[3]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

In his freshman season at Syracuse, Waiters averaged 6.6 points, 1.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.[4] In a second round loss to Marquette in the NCAA Tournament, Waiters shot 8-for-10 with 18 points.[3]

Sophomore season[edit]

In his sophomore season at Syracuse, Waiters averaged 12.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.[4] He was named the Big East Sixth Man of the Year, earned third team All-Big East honors, was named AP Honorable Mention All-American, and was selected to the All Big East Tournament team.[5]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Syracuse Orange 34 0 16.3 .411 .329 .813 1.6 1.5 1.1 .1 6.6
2011–12 Syracuse Orange 37 1 24.1 .476 .363 .729 2.3 2.5 1.8 .3 12.6

Professional career[edit]

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.

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.[6]

Waiters was selected to play in the NBA Rising Stars game during 2013 All-Star weekend, along with teammates Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Tyler Zeller.[7] Waiters came off of the bench to score 23 points for Shaquille O'Neal's team.

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.[8]

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.[9]

On February 14, 2014, Waiters participated in the BBVA Rising Stars challenge. He finished the game with 31 points and 7 assists. Waiters was a candidate for game MVP but lost to Andre Drummond.

On March 18, 2014, Waiters recorded his first career double double with 17 points and a career high 11 assists in a 96-100 loss to the Miami Heat.[10]

Personal Life[edit]

Dion Waiters is a practicing Muslim. Waiters stated in August 2014 that he lost 12lbs from fasting through Ramadan.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games 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]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Cleveland 61 48 28.8 .412 .310 .746 2.4 3.0 1.0 .3 14.7
2013–14 Cleveland 70 24 29.6 .433 .368 .685 2.8 3.0 .9 .2 15.9
Career 131 72 29.2 .424 .342 .714 2.6 3.0 .9 .3 15.3

Awards[edit]

  • Jordan Brand All-American (2010)
  • All-Big East Sixth Man of the Year (2012)
  • All-Big East third team (2012)
  • All-Big East Tournament team (2012)
  • Eastern Conference's Rookie of the Month (February 2013)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)
  • 2x BBVA Rising Star (2013, 2014)

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