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Dion Waiters | Guard | #11

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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Dion Waiters made another start on Tuesday and hit 7-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a win over the Heat.
Waiters has been in an ugly shooting slump and missed some layups tonight, but looked much better than he has over his previous four games, when he hit just 15-of-53 shots. He's locked and loaded at shooting guard with Josh Richardson out for the next couple weeks, making him a hot pickup in fantasyland. Jan 17 - 10:19 PM

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Dion Waiters feels healthy and is confident he will snap out of his recent slump.

Since returning from a groin tear back on January 4th, Waiters is averaging 8.4 points, while shooting just 29.8 percent from the floor and 17.6 percent from downtown. Waiters believes he is close to regaining the form he had prior to the injury, when he was playing arguably the best basketball of his career. "No question, it's coming," Waiters said confidently. "Sooner than later, there's no doubt about that. The wait is over."
Jan 14 - 2:04 PM

Dion Waiters started for the Heat on Tuesday, sending Wayne Ellington to the bench, but hit just 4-of-17 shots for eight points, three rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 38 minutes.

He was tied for the team lead in minutes and shots tonight and his line would have been a lot more fun had more of them actually gone in. The Heat were without Josh Richardson tonight, so Waiters had a big opportunity, but couldn't take advantage of it. Richardson's in a walking boot for his sprained left foot and if he's going to miss time, Waiters could be worth grabbing for a spot start or two, especially if he's going to continue to fire at will.
Jan 11 - 1:07 AM

Dion Waiters is starting on Tuesday vs. the Warriors, sending Wayne Ellington to the bench.

Waiters' minutes should rise with this move and he did average 14.2 points, 3.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.3 triples in 16 previous starts this season. He should have some low-end value until Josh Richardson (foot) is able to return.
Jan 10 - 9:54 PM

Dion Waiters was ejected from Sunday's game after elbowing J.J. Redick in the head.

It wasn't a vicious hit and Waiters is unlikely to face a suspension, but we'll confirm his status for Wednesday's game as a precaution. He exited in the third quarter with eight points and two rebounds, and his absence shifts a few more minutes to Tyler Johnson and Rodney McGruder.
Jan 8 - 5:21 PM

Dion Waiters (groin) made his long-awaited return on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, one assist and three turnovers in 10 minutes off the bench.

Waiters was on a minute-limit, which was fully expected given that he's missed more than a month with the injury. He's never been a standard-league asset in his five-year career and we don't expect that to change while Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, Goran Dragic and Rodney McGruder are all healthy in Miami's backcourt.
Jan 5 - 2:10 AM

Dion Waiters (groin) has been cleared to play vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

Waiters has been out since Nov. 26 and his return is nice for the short-handed Heat, though it's overshadowed by the terrible news about Justise Winslow (shoulder surgery). Waiters has had flashes of fantasy value this year but most owners should wait to see how he looks after such a long layoff.
Jan 4 - 9:09 PM

After consulting with Coach Erik Spoelstra and the Heat trainers, Dion Waiters (groin) said that he will not play Tuesday against the Suns.

Waiters is inching closer and closer to a return, as he was listed as a game-time decision earlier on Tuesday, before informing the media that he would not suit up after all. Miami's next game is Wednesday in Sacramento, and Waiters has a chance to finally make his long-awaited return.
Jan 3 - 1:55 PM

Dion Waiters (groin) participated in morning shootaround and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game in Pheonix.

Waiters has not played in a game since suffering the groin injury way back on November 26th. With Justise Winslow (shoulder) out and James Johnson (illness) questionable, there could be plenty of available minutes up for grabs on the wing. Waiters had been playing some of the best ball of his career prior to getting hurt. He was averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds in the last eight games he appeared in.
Jan 3 - 1:36 PM

Dion Waiters (groin) made it through a full practice on Monday.

This means it's possible he could return on Tuesday vs. the Suns. With Goran Dragic (back) questionable and Justise Winslow (shoulder) out, Waiters would be in the rotation if cleared to play. However, standard-league owners can leave him on the wire until we see what his role looks like moving forward.
Jan 2 - 7:16 PM

Dion Waiters (groin) is traveling with the Heat for their six-game road trip.

There's a chance Waiters could return to action at some point during this lengthy road trip, and with Hassan Whiteside (eye) and Justise Winslow (shoulder) hurting, Waiters could perhaps hold some low-end value in points leagues once he's fully up to speed. He was playing some of the best ball of his career prior to going down, but inefficiency and limited contributions on the defensive end will significantly weigh down his value in standard 9-cat and 8-cat formats.
Jan 2 - 4:46 PM

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he's hopeful Dion Waiters (groin) will be able to travel with the team on their upcoming six-game road trip.

Waiters has been out since Nov. 26 with a torn groin, but he's targeting a January return, so perhaps he can return to action at some point during Miami's road trip. However, he's likely going to be brought along very slowly, so he's no a great stash in most settings.
Jan 1 - 5:13 PM

Dion Waiters (groin) will not play on Friday vs. the Celtics.

He's not expected to return to the court until early January, so this is just a reminder. Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson are strong plays tonight, especially with Goran Dragic (back) out.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:08:00 PM

Dion Waiters (groin) remains out for Thursday against the Hornets.

While he is progressing, Waiters is still not practicing and doesn't have a target date. The Heat have been fairly quiet on Waiters since his diagnosis of a groin strain on Nov. 30. With Waiters out, his minutes have been spread to the guards, but Watiers' role is unclear with the key wings healthy right now. There's no need to stash him in most leagues.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:55:00 PM

Dion Waiters (groin) did not practice on Monday and will not play on Tuesday vs. Oklahoma City.

Although Erik Spoelstra believes Waiters is progressing, it's now been a month since he appeared in a game and still doesn't have a timetable to return. It's unclear whether he was reevaluated in mid-December as the Heat stated he would be, but it's obvious that the injury was more severe than it was first believed to be. Even when Waiters is healthy enough to get on the floor, he's not guaranteed substantial minutes with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow and James Johnson all playing sizable roles. There should be better players to stash on your waiver wire.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
3Okaro White
PF1Josh McRoberts
2James Johnson
3Derrick Williams
4Luke Babbitt
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Willie Reed
3Udonis Haslem