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Dion Waiters | Guard

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Syracuse
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Dion Waiters (ankle) missed Thursday's practice.
Waiters is dealing with a sore ankle, but the injury is not believed to be serious. The Thunder don't play again until Saturday so Waiters has plenty of time to rest, but Reggie Jackson would be in for a big boost in playing time if Waiters (and potentially Kevin Durant) is unable to play against the Grizzlies on Saturday. Jan 29 - 1:48 PM

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Dion Waiters hit just 3-of-10 shots for eight points and one rebound in Wednesday's loss to the Knicks.

He's now scored exactly eight points in three of his last five games and is averaging 9.6 points, 1.2 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 33 percent shooting over his last five games. And given that Kevin Durant sat out the last couple games with a toe injury, it doesn't look like Waiters belongs in starting fantasy lineups right now.
Jan 29 - 1:01 AM

Dion Waiters scored 10 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 4-of-12 shots (including a three) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

Waiters hit just 1-of-4 free throws to cap off another inefficient line, which has been his calling card in the NBA so far. Owners can do better in standard 12-team formats.
Jan 26 - 11:30 PM

Dion Waiters was booed during Sunday's game in Cleveland, as he came off OKC's bench to score 14 points with two 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

"Boos, no boos, I can't focus on that type of stuff," Waiters said after the game. The playing time is nice to see, and he did enough to placate most fantasy owners, but inefficiency continues to plague him and he finished just 5-of-15 from the field in the loss to his former team.
Jan 25 - 7:28 PM

Dion Waiters scored eight points off the bench on Friday, hitting 3-of-8 shots with one rebound, one assist, three steals and one block in 26 minutes.

Waiters needs to have a lot of touches to overcome some of his fantasy limitations and that doesn't seem like a good bet for him. He's not a must-own player and is best suited for deeper leagues.
Jan 23 - 11:49 PM

Dion Waiters was awful on Tuesday, shooting 1-of-9 from the field to finish with three points and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in 26 minutes.

This drop-off wasn't unexpected, as the career 42.1 percent shooter was making an unrealistic 50.9 percent over his past four games. He's getting enough minutes and touches to hold some value as a primary option with OKC's second unit, but fantasy owners will have to take the good with the (very) bad.
Jan 20 - 10:18 PM

Dion Waiters took a shot at the Cleveland Cavaliers when he was asked about his experience so far with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Waiters talked about the freedom that the Thunder have given him for the second time in the last week when asked about the differences between Oklahoma City and Cleveland. "Listen," he said, "they give me the ball. Like, I touch the ball. Like, I actually, like, you know, touch the ball." Waiters has averaged 14.4 points, 2.0 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers while playing 27.5 minutes per game since joining the Thunder and should be owned in most standard fantasy leagues at this point.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 11:26 AM

Dion Waiters said joining the Thunder is a "great situation" for him.

"I get to play my game, and that is what it's about: being able to play and not having to look over your shoulder," he said. It is a pretty clear dig at the Cavs, but it's also Waiters being very honest. In five games with OKC, Waiters is averaging 14.4 points, 2.0 steals and 1.2 triples on 45.3 percent shooting while seeing 27.5 minutes per game.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 10:10 AM

Dion Waiters made 7-of-9 shots in 21 minutes vs. the Magic, finishing an easy win in Orlando with 16 points, one 3-pointer, two assists and two steals.

It hasn't taken long for Waiters to establish himself as a primary bench option for the Thunder, usurping minutes and shot attempts from Reggie Jackson (13 points in 20 minutes) in the process. Waiters' playing time and usage rate have been high enough to roster him in most fantasy leagues, but don't be surprised if his FG percentage regresses toward his season average of 40.3 percent.
Jan 18 - 8:46 PM

Dion Waiters scored 21 points off the bench on Friday against the Warriors, hitting 8-of-16 shots (including two threes) with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in a whopping 37 minutes.

Scott Brooks might literally kick Reggie Jackson (nine points, 18 minutes) out the door when it's all said and done, and Waiters looked really strong last night. A boom or bust player thus far in his career (and mostly bust), he has borderline value in 12-team formats over his last five games. He's worth a look after a night like this, but keep in mind his role and fantasy stat set aren't working in his favor.
Jan 17 - 12:47 AM

Dion Waiters continued his love of garbage time on Thursday with 16 points, one rebound, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 6-of-16 from the field.

Besides the garbage time output and a spike of a Patrick Beverley layup, this was a brutal game for Waiters. He is going to have a tough time adapting to playing next to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Waiters has yet to post usable fantasy value in standard leagues over a long period of time while his team is healthy, so leave him on the wire in most cases.
Jan 15 - 10:48 PM

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said he currently has no plans to stick Dion Waiters into the starting lineup.

Waiters had a strong performance in his second game with the Thunder, but that hasn't changed Brooks' mindset on his spot in the rotation just yet. "Right now he’s coming off the bench," Brooks said. "We have things to work on and things to get better. I’m not focused on who’s starting. I’m focused on guys in there playing well because the minutes can be spread out." While Waiters has upside, his output is too inconsistent right now to make him a must-own in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Jan 13 - 11:28 AM

Dion Waiters hit a big three late in Friday's win, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and four steals in 27 minutes off the bench.

Waiters is nowhere near being in the clear in fantasy leagues, but this is a nice bounce-back game after a disastrous debut. If he can do it again we'll let you know, but he belongs on the wire in most standard formats. For what it's worth he has the upper hand on Reggie Jackson based on tonight's results, too.
Jan 10 - 1:58 AM

Thunder coach Scott Brooks isn't sure whether Dion Waiters will eventually start at SG, or continue to come off the bench.

When Brooks was asked about Waiters' role going forward he replied, "I don’t know. We just got him." Andre Roberson's defense has earned him 27 starts this season but there's no doubt Waiters is eager to start, and it's a position battle worth watching over the next few weeks. No matter where he begins the game, however, Waiters is unlikely to get enough shots to hold reliable value in 12-team leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Jan 8 - 9:44 AM

Dion Waiters hit just 1-of-9 shots for four points in his OKC debut on Wednesday, but at least added four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in the blowout loss.

He's going to have to get acclimated to his new team and he actually played the same number of minutes as Reggie Jackson tonight (22). Waiters will eventually get hot, but he may have a tough time scoring much with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Anthony Morrow and Jackson all playing for the same team. But at least he was better than J.R. Smith, who was 0-of-5 in his Cavs' debut.
Jan 8 - 2:04 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2Reggie Jackson
3Ishmael Smith
SG1Andre Roberson
2Dion Waiters
3Jeremy Lamb
SF1Kevin Durant
2Anthony Morrow
3Perry Jones
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Nick Collison
3Grant Jerrett
C1Steven Adams
2Kendrick Perkins
3Mitch McGary