|2012 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 4th overall by Cleveland.|
|5th July, 2012||NBA||Signed four year, $16,721,270 rookie scale contract with Cleveland. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.|
|23rd October, 2013||NBA||Cleveland exercised 2014/15 team option.|
|25th October, 2014||NBA||Cleveland exercised 2015/16 team option.|
|5th January, 2015||NBA||As a part of a three team deal, traded by Cleveland to Oklahoma City, along with Alex Kirk, Louis Amundson and a 2019 second round pick to New York, in exchange for Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from New York, and a future protected first round pick from Oklahoma City (#26, 2016, Furkan Korkmaz).|
|25th July, 2016||NBA||Signed a two year, $5,926,410 contract with Miami. Included player option for 2017/18.|
|2nd June, 2017||NBA||Declined 2017/18 player option.|
|7th July, 2017||NBA||Re-signed by Miami to a four year, $47.3 million contract.|
|28th December, 2018||G-League||Assigned by Miami to Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G-League.|
|30th December, 2018||G-League||Recalled by Miami from Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G-League.|
|2010 - 2012||Syracuse (NCAA)|
|June 2012 - January 2015||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)|
|January 2015 - June 2016||Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)|
|July 2016 - present||Miami Heat (NBA)|
November 2, 2019
June 29, 2017
SG, 6’4, 225lbs, 25 years old, 5 years of experience
In Miami, Waiters found a team that both allowed and needed his unique, awkward playing style. Waiters has always wanted to be “the man” in the half-court offence; similarly, Miami needed him to be. And up to a point, he was. On the plus side, Waiters shot 39.5% from three on the season and had some big performances. But on the flip side, his three-point rate was only .324%, his free throw rate was only .192%, his free throw shooting a poor 64.6%, his shooting at the rim was only .507%, his mid-rangers were plentiful, and his overall true shooting percentage was only .507%. Waiters had some good moments and some game winning performances, but for a player that is still essentially scorer-only, and who needs a large share of the ball to have an impact, those aren’t good numbers.
Player Plan: Expiring $2,898,000 salary, and will want a lot more than that. As useful as he was at times, Waiters’s limited production, seemingly skewed sense of it and his awkward playing style unconducive to modern offences should temper his price tag to something resembling at absolute most a two or three year MLE, which even then would be an overpayment based on the hope he will sustain and improve further.
June 30, 2012
Pick 4: The Twitter era is great, but it's trying its best to ruin the NBA draft. Multiple figures, most noticeably the venerable Adrian Wojnarowski, are scooping picks a matter of seconds before they are officially announced, which rather pisses on the chips of those of us purists who still try to read Stern's body language and lips as he makes the pick in the blissful ignorance of his authority. Since you can't help but find out these things by accident if you're on it, it's impossible to use Twitter at this time.
That said, even when you know what it is, the pick can sometimes still be a surprise. And that's what happens here. Cleveland takes Dion Waiters from Syracuse, a man adjudged to be barely a first rounder a few months ago, coming off a 12.6 points per game season as a score-first type of player. A suitably damning assessment of the pick was made by Jonathan Givony back before the pick was even made:
I can only imagine the conversation an owner will have with their GM in two-three years if Dion Waiters ends up being a bust... "So you took a 6-3 SG 6th man who everyone had in the 20s in May in the top-10 despite no workout, physical or interview? You did that why?" "But, a front office with a history of bad decisions promised him at the end of the lottery! I figured they HAVE to know something we don't" If he was some kind of long-armed athletic freak with a superb attitude and intangibles, I could maybe understand. But of course he's not...