Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Dion Waiters has had an up-and-down first two seasons in the NBA. When star point guard Kyrie Irving was out with an injury last year, the Cavaliers didn’t win many games but Waiters showed what kind of scorer he can be. Now that he may slide into the starting shooting guard spot in between Irving and the game’s best player, forward LeBron James, he could be in for his most efficient and best season yet.
If that is indeed what happens, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes Waiters could be in for a big pay day.
Waiters is a small step below the top four, in that few franchises would build a team around him, but he is far and away one of the best talents from the 2012 NBA Draft. As it stands, it looks like Waiters will be staying with the Cavs this season and looks to be the starter at the off-guard position. If Waiters continues to improve as he has his first two seasons, he could be in line for a significant payday next summer.
Waiters put up 15.9 points, 3.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 43.3% from the floor, 36.8% from beyond the arc and 68.5% from the free throw line last season. Waiters, who was the fourth-overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 2012 NBA Draft, has put up 15.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 42.4% from the field, 34.2% from three and 71.4% from the charity stripe.
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