Dion Waiters

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Dion Waiters
Dion Waiters OCT 2015.jpg
Waiters with the Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 23 – Oklahoma City Thunder
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-12-10) December 10, 1991 (age 23)
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
20122015 Cleveland Cavaliers
2015–present Oklahoma City Thunder
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 Oklahoma City Thunder 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]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Dion Waiters Sr. and Monique Brown, Waiters was raised by his mother, who had him when she was 17. Four hours after Warlfggiters 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]

Waiters while at Syracuse

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]

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 0 24.1 .476 .363 .729 2.3 2.5 1.8 .3 12.6

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2012–2015)[edit]

Waiters with Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012

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 Rising Stars Challenge game during 2013 NBA 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]

On November 5, 2014, Waiters was absent for the national anthem of the United States and was quoted saying that he stayed in the locker room because of his Muslim faith. He later denied that the report about religious beliefs as a Muslim having anything to do with him skipping on the national anthem was entirely false.[11][12] The Cleveland Cavaliers strongly considered trading Dion Waiters for a pair of two-way shooting guards and their draft picks for a reliable center. Dion Waiters began to have chemistry issues with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. His shot selection was bad and he couldn't make 3 pointers consistently and defend shooting guards.|http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/01/lebron-james-dion-waiters-iman-shumpert-jr-smith-cavaliers-knicks-trade%7C

Oklahoma City Thunder (2015–present)[edit]

On January 5, 2015, Waiters was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Cavaliers in a three-team trade that also involved the New York Knicks. Cleveland received Iman Shumpert and J. R. Smith from the Knicks and a first round pick in the 2015 NBA draft from the Thunder, while Cleveland sent Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk, and a second round pick in the 2019 NBA draft to the Knicks, and the Thunder sent Lance Thomas to the Knicks.[13] After a poor debut for the Thunder against Sacramento on January 7 where he scored just 4 points on 1-of-9 shooting, he scored 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting two days later to help the Thunder defeat the Utah Jazz, 99-94.[14]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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

Correct as of January 6, 2015

Regular season[edit]

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
2014–15 Cleveland 33 3 23.8 .404 .256 .783 1.7 2.2 1.3 .3 10.5
2014–15 Oklahoma City 47 20 30.3 .392 .319 .625 2.9 1.9 1.0 .2 12.7
Career 211 95 28.6 .414 .326 .705 2.5 2.6 1.0 .3 14.3


  • 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)
  • 2× Rising Star (2013, 2014)


  1. ^ Thamel, Pete (March 23, 2012). "Now, Syracuse Guard Restricts Clashes to the Court". NYTimes.com. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Philly's Waiters can't wait to begin NBA career
  3. ^ a b "Dion Waiters - 2011-12 Men's Basketball". Cuse.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Dion Waiters Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lamb Named AP Honorable Mention All-America". uconnhuskies.com. March 27, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Notebook: Kings 124, Cavaliers 118
  7. ^ NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2013 rosters: Get ready to run like mad, Team Shaq
  8. ^ Dion Waiters out with a knee injury
  9. ^ Portland's Lillard named 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year
  10. ^ Notebook: Heat 100, Cavaliers 96
  11. ^ Peters, Micah. "Dion Waiters says he skipped anthem because of his Muslim faith, then blasts report". ftw.usatoday.com. USA Today Sports. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Pollakoff, Brett. "Dion Waiters calls report he skipped national anthem due to being Muslim ‘a damn lie’". nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Thunder Acquires Dion Waiters". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Durant leads Thunder past Jazz 99-94". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 

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