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Dion Waiters | Guard

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Syracuse
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The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.
To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues. Oct 25 - 4:33 PM

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Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts.
Oct 22 - 10:58 PM

Dion Waiters will continue to be aggressive for Cleveland, but not to the detriment of the team.

"I got to be aggressive. That's me. That's who I am, but I'm not going to do anything to hurt the team," Waiters said. "If I feel as though I'm shooting too much, I'm going to look for guys. I'm going to try to play the game in different ways. I took the shots that were given to me." Waiters has led the Cavs in total shot attempts through four preseason games, however, those stats are a bit inflated as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love have all sat out certain games. Waiters will get a lot of open looks playing next to the aforementioned superstars, and he could be a nice source of 3-pointers this season. He looks like a decent late-round selection in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 12:30 PM

Dion Waiters had led the Cavaliers in shot attempts in every preseason game thus far, a trend that head coach David Blatt doesn't see continuing.

"I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will," said Blatt. Waiters obviously won't get that many looks once the season starts as LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving should get the bulk, but Waiters' aggressiveness could translate to some quality three-point numbers in the fantasy world.
Oct 18 - 11:06 AM

Dion Waiters hit 8-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in 25 minutes on Tuesday.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson were all out tonight and Waiters and Kevin Love put on a shooting show. Waiters has been talking trash early in the year and backed it up tonight. Target him after the middle rounds and hope he can back it up.
Oct 14 - 11:23 PM

Dion Waiters scored 16 points while adding three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, a steal, and a 3-pointer in what was an excellent showing.

He also shot 7-of-12 from the field which was really encouraging. Waiters is going to have the share the ball with a loaded Cavs team so don't expect too much from the young guard out of Syracuse. He remains as a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Oct 11 - 9:07 PM

Dion Waiters said he's not expecting his role to change too much with the Cavs' new personnel.

Despite the influx of new talent to the Cavaliers' roster, Waiters doesn't think he'll have to adjust his game too much. "I've been able to play my game," the 22-year-old said. "I've been able to attack when I want to, shoot when I want to shoot. So, nothing has really changed." Waiters will likely have a tough time matching his 15.9 point average from 2013-14, but he could be a very valuable fantasy asset for owners in need of three-pointers as LeBron James and Kevin Love will help space the floor.
Oct 9 - 10:56 AM

Dion Waiters said that he and Kyrie Irving are the best backcourt in the NBA.

He responded to Bradley Beal saying the Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA and Waiters called Beal's claim "nonsense." While John Wall and Kyrie Irving is more of a wash, it's hard to argue that Waiters is better than Beal. Waiters didn't even start in 46 of his 70 games last year, so that's probably not going to help his case. If Waiters wants to adapt to the new Cavs team, it would behoove him to work on his shooting. He's only a late-round flier in fantasy leagues right now.
Sep 30 - 10:49 PM

Dion Waiters said that he wants LeBron James to take him under his wing this season.

Singled out by James as one of the players he's looking forward to teaming up with, Waiters is embracing the opportunity to learn from the best. The 22-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 2013-14 and could serve as a late-round steal if he's able to step up his game with King James as his mentor.
Sep 30 - 1:01 PM

Dion Waiters was "perhaps too eager to share [the ball]" during the Cavaliers' opening practice on Saturday, according to beat writer Jason Lloyd.

Waiters passed up a few open shots but LeBron James quickly reminded him to shoot it when he has the opportunity, after which the Cavs' third-year guard got back to his quick-trigger ways. Although he's sure to get some easy opportunities in the Cavs' dangerous offense this season, fantasy owners should be very wary of his poor percentages and lack of significant rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.
Sep 27 - 9:13 PM

Dion Waiters lost 12 pounds since the end of the season due to reducing his carbohydrate intake.

He fasted for Ramadan and changed his diet, and more often than not players changing their diets yields positive results. However, it may not have worked out for someone like Roy Hibbert last season. Waiters looks ready for the challenge of competing for a championship, but his shot total will be taking a sizable hit. Owners in standard leagues can probably do better.
Aug 27 - 2:37 PM

Dion Waiters has been studying video of Dwyane Wade to learn how he adapted to playing alongside LeBron James.

"With a guy like [LeBron], he can open up the floor for you and give you a lot of opportunities," Waiters said. "When I get the opportunity to get the ball, I've got to destroy my opponent. The rest of the floor is going to be so wide open that, once I get by him, the rest of it should be easy." Waiters has a good chance to improve upon his career 42.4 percent shooting with LeBron guiding the offense, but it's also likely that his usage rate will take a dive from 26.9 percent last season.
Aug 27 - 10:48 AM

Dion Waiters stated again in a recent interview that he wants to be a starter for the Cavaliers.

"I want to start and I believe I should," said Waiters. With all the trade rumors flying around Cleveland it's not even clear that Waiters will be in a Cavs uniform next year, but it appears that he is not happy in a reserve role. Through 24 games as a starter with the Cavs last season, Waiters averaged 18.3 points, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers, so he could be a solid late-round pick.
Jul 28 - 6:28 PM

There are "league-wide whispers" that a third team may become involved in a potential Kevin Love trade involving the Cavaliers and Wolves, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports.

Rumor also has it that the 76ers have "a strong interest in Cavs guard Dion Waiters," and involving a third team could help the tricky financial construction of a multi-player blockbuster centered around K-Love. For now, this is only a speculative detail about a trade which may or may not even happen.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 23 - 10:04 AM

Dion Waiters told his Twitter followers that he doesn't want to come off the bench for the Cavaliers.

In responding to a Twitter follower, Waiters made no secret about his desire to be a starter for the Cavaliers. When asked if he would accept the role of coming off the bench, Waiters responded with "Nooooooooo." The 22-year-old will face an uphill battle to win the starting shooting guard spot if Andrew Wiggins is able to carry his strong play in summer league over to training camp, but the Cavs have reportedly been listening to trade offers for Waiters so he may very well be trying to win a starting spot with another team soon. Waiters averaged 18.3 points in 24 games as a starter last year, so he would provide decent late-round fantasy value if he's able to play his way into a starting job.
Jul 15 - 10:18 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3A.J. Price
SG1Dion Waiters
2James Jones
3Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
2Shawn Marion
3Mike Miller
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
3Shane Edwards
C1Anderson Varejao
2Brendan Haywood
3Alex Kirk