There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Dion Waiters over the last year. Although he picked up his scoring when all-star point guard Kyrie Irving was injured, many questioned his fit and wondered if the Cavaliers would be better suited dealing Waiters for a player that would be a better fit.
However, the Cavaliers have since signed forward LeBron James and traded for power forward Kevin Love. It now looks like they will keep Waiters and use him as a guard that can knock down open shots.
John Zitzler of Basketball Insiders believes Waiters could be a much improved player playing with James, Love and Irving.
With all of the Cavaliers’ newly added firepower, Waiters will presumably receive significantly less attention defensively. He should really benefit from the number of open looks that will be created for him playing alongside LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Don’t be surprised to see Waiters continue to improve his field goal percentage and become even more efficient playing with the Cavs’ new weapons.
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. The Cavaliers selected Waiters with the fourth-overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and he 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 in his career.
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