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Dion Waiters | Guard | #3

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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The 76ers and Kings reportedly have interest in signing restricted free agent Dion Waiters this offseason.
Waiters is hopeful to return to the Thunder, but the Kings or 76ers could offer him more than he's worth to try and change his mind. Waiters would have the opportunity to start with Sacramento or Philly, although that wouldn't necessarily translate to standard league value for the career 41.1 percent shooter. OKC will have the right to match any offer Waiters signs on the open market. Jun 28 - 4:44 PM

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Thunder general manager Sam Presti said it "bodes well" for his team to bring back Dion Waiters.

He says this based on Waiters wanting to come back. Presti said he didn't want to speculate on Waiters and free agency. He added it's "more likely" the two parties will work on a partnership. The GM did say it's becoming "more challenging and more difficult" to turn into an offer sheet situation. Waiters will likely stay in OKC unless a team really throws money his way.
Jun 6 - 2:17 PM

According to the Oklahoman, Dion Waiters could sign a contract worth $12-16 million per year.

The Thunder have the ability to match any opposing offers since he's a restricted free agent, and similar to the Enes Kanter situation, they may be inclined to keep him in order to make Kevin Durant happy. That's a lot of money for the inconsistent shooting guard, but he did show some promise during the postseason. However, a return to the Thunder wouldn't be ideal for his fantasy value.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 5 - 10:49 AM

Dion Waiters is hopeful to be back with the the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.

Waiters will be a restricted free agent this summer, but hopes to be playing with the Thunder again next season. "Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court," Waiters said. "It’s not even about basketball. I’ve never been connected with a group of guys like this that I’m actually close to. Why not? The best fans in the world. I’m definitely looking forward to coming back." The 24-year-old will likely draw some interest from other teams this summer, but he won't have much fantasy value if he returns to the Thunder.
Source: Oklahoman
May 31 - 9:48 AM

Dion Waiters made 2-of-9 from the field for five points with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes in Game 7 against the Warriors on Monday.

He really stepped up for most of these playoffs, but tonight wasn't his night. Waiters added more to his game than just taking contested shots while cutting down on his long two-pointers. If OKC looks the same next year, he won't have much fantasy value.
May 30 - 11:50 PM

Dion Waiters did not score on Thursday with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

Up until tonight, the Thunder were effective when he was on the court during this series, including a plus-56 in plus-minus during his 66 minutes in the last two games. Tonight was a different story with Waiters posting a team-low minus-18. Coach Billy Donovan used Waiters as a ball-handler once again during this game, but he couldn't get free too often for scoring. He will be as risky as ever for Game 6.
May 26 - 11:39 PM

Dion Waiters was terrific in 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 3 victory, making 6-of-11 shots to finish with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

Waiters chose his shots wisely and set up his teammates for a few easy buckets, all while playing solid defense. The soon-to-be free agent (restricted) is having an impressive postseason, and he's a big reason the Thunder have a 2-1 series lead against the reigning champs.
May 22 - 10:59 PM

Dion Waiters made 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

He was very underrated in the last round and it looked like he might get more run tonight with a slow start from Andre Roberson on both ends. However, Roberson came out swinging in the second half. Before the game, Russell Westbrook credited Waiters for his passing lately and Waiters actually matched his postseason career-high four dimes. His defense wasn't terrible in this game and he'll be splitting the minutes at shooting guard with Andre Roberson. He's on the board as a DFS punt.
May 17 - 12:18 AM

Russell Westbrook said Dion Waiters can be an effective passer "when he puts his mind to it."

While he gets killed at times on social media and on sports talk shows, Waiters has really stepped up lately. He's run the point even when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the floor lately while coming through in the clutch. In the last five games, Waiters has by far the best net rating in the fourth quarter at plus-39.1 in 44 minutes. His defense will be under a microscope for this series and he may have a tough time duplicating his productivity from the last round.
Source: Oklahoman
May 16 - 4:54 PM

Dion Waiters gave the Thunder a lift on Sunday with 17 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 29 minutes off the bench, making 7-of-11 shots with two 3-pointers.

Billy Donovan stressed before the game that his team needed to limit their turnovers while playing solid transition defense -- OKC wound up matching the Spurs in turnovers (14) while scoring fewer fastbreak points, but their perimeter defense was terrific and they outscored the Spurs 27-6 from downtown. Waiters has the potential to be an 'x-factor' for the Thunder every night, but he's too inconsistent to recommend for DFS use.
May 8 - 10:47 PM

Dion Waiters scored 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

His outburst at the end of the first quarter and start of the second quarter made his night. Waiters likely won't be this good in the non-scoring categories in any other game during the postseason. He could get some garbage minutes in Game 5, though.
Apr 24 - 12:03 AM

Dion Waiters scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in Thursday's win over the Mavericks.

He added four boards, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in one of his best games of the season. Waiters was held to single-digit points in the first two games of the series, so don't read too much into tonight's line unless he does it again.
Apr 21 - 10:13 PM

Dion Waiters scored five points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

He was fired up before the game for his first run in the postseason. Waiters did tweak his ankle late in the game, but it doesn't sound serious. He will need more garbage time to have value in DFS. That might happen, of course.
Apr 17 - 12:18 AM

Dion Waiters shot just 5-of-22 from the field on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, scoring 17 points with five boards, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

That's a lot of missed shots. Waiters was super aggressive tonight with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all resting, and at least the supporting stats were nice. Expect Waiters to see minutes in the 20s during the postseason.
Apr 12 - 11:21 PM

Dion Waiters and Nick Collison will start Tuesday vs. the Spurs, with both Kevin Durant (rest) and Serge Ibaka (rest) taking the night off.

Waiters' usage rate jumps to 30.1 sans Russell Westbrook (rest), Durant and Ibaka, so he's obviously going to be extremely busy tonight in a feature role on offense for OKC. The matchup isn't ideal, but he's still someone to consider as a punt in DFS given that someone needs to score for the Thunder. Collison, however, is not all that attractive in most leagues despite the increased opportunity as a starter.
Apr 12 - 6:44 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2Randy Foye
3Cameron Payne
SG1Victor Oladipo
2Andre Roberson
3Dion Waiters
4Anthony Morrow
SF1Kevin Durant
2Kyle Singler
3Josh Huestis
PF1Nick Collison
2Ersan Ilyasova
3Mitch McGary
C1Steven Adams
2Enes Kanter
3Dakari Johnson
4Nazr Mohammed