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Dion Waiters | Guard | #11

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Dion Waiters started again on Tuesday and hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over the Magic.
His back problem appears to be behind him and now he'll turn his focus to trying to win the starting shooting guard job for the Heat. Waiters might win the opportunity to fill in for Josh Richardson until he's healthy, assuming he can beat out Wayne Ellington. Ellington, who also started tonight, had 12 points and four 3-pointers. Oct 18 - 10:17 PM

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Dion Waiters will start next to Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside on Friday.

It's an interesting move for a guy who projects as a sixth man. Waiters doesn't do enough on the stat sheet outside of scoring to draft in most leagues.
Oct 14 - 7:57 PM

Dion Waiters (back tightness) will play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Nets.

Waiters sat out Monday's scrimmage with some tightness in his back, but him suiting up for a preseason game is a good indication that the back issue is behind him. He should be on the floor for around 20 minutes tonight, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach Erik Spoelstra continues to try and utilize him as a playmaker after he committed seven turnovers in his last outing.
Oct 11 - 5:54 PM

Dion Waiters (back tightness) missed the team's scrimmage on Monday.

There's no word on the severity here, but Waiters looked OK in his 22 minutes last week. Josh Richardson hasn't been ruled out for the opener, which would mean Waiters may not play as much as originally thought. Regardless, he doesn't do much outside of scoring to draft in most leagues.
Oct 10 - 7:48 PM

Dion Waiters made his Heat preseason debut on Tuesday with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight assists, one rebound and just one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench.

Waiters played more PG than he will during the regular season, as Goran Dragic logged just 22 minutes and Beno Udrih (back) was unavailable. Waiters is reportedly favored to start at SG on opening night, but tonight Tyler Johnson got the nod. Either way, Waiters a poor target in standard leagues thanks to a low ceiling and the threat of Josh Richardson (knee) stifling his minutes.
Oct 4 - 9:51 PM

Dion Waiters and Derrick Williams are listed as the starters for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

Josh Richardson (knee) is out, so it was going to be either Waiters for Tyler Johnson as the starting shooting guard. Considering Johnson is a better guy off the bench because he can play two positions, this move makes sense. Waiters is likely going to be chucking contested shots on Tuesday. He's not the best option in fantasy due to how he's so scoring dependent.
Oct 3 - 4:52 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Dion Waiters is in "terrific shape."

"He really committed the last few weeks to get into world-class shape, Miami Heat shape, better shape than he's ever been in in his life," Spoelstra said. "That's the first step." Waiters arrived in Miami at 234 pounds and 10 percent body fat, and said he's now down to 222 pounds and 7.5 percent body fat. Chris Bosh has likely played his last game for the Heat and Josh Richardson (knee) could be limited right out of the gate, so Waiters should have a large role in the offense. His upside is low, so he's just a late-round flier in deeper leagues for now.
Sep 26 - 2:08 PM

Dion Waiters is the "front-runner" to start at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

This isn't a surprise with Josh Richardson currently recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is not expected to miss much time during the regular season, but Waiters should have a large role in the offense early on, especially now that Chris Bosh's future with the Heat is up in the air. The Heat will likely use a lot of small-ball lineups, so despite the presence of Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, there should be plenty of minutes to go around. However, Waiters is still just a late-round flier with little upside after averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season.
Sep 24 - 9:42 AM

According to the Miami Herald, the Heat are looking at Dion Waiters as a potential starter at shooting guard.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported this last week as well, so Waiters may be the favorite to open the season as a starter. Even so, Waiters only averaged 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season, and he wasn't worth owning in standard leagues despite playing nearly 28 minutes per game. Waiters will be competing with impressive guard Josh Richardson for minutes, and the Heat also committed a ton of money to Tyler Johnson which doesn't bode well for Waiters' outlook.
Aug 1 - 10:05 AM

Pat Riley believes that Dion Waiters will be a good fit on the Heat's roster, and that he will add a "great dimension" for the club at the shooting guard position.

"Dion is not a Room Exception player. He wanted to play for the Miami Heat and chose to forgo other more lucrative financial opportunities to be a part of our championship organization.," said Riley. "Dion is young, athletic and explosive, which fits in with our roster. He will add a great dimension for us at the off-guard spot." Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson for the starting two-guard spot in Miami, but he reportedly has the inside track to land the gig. His value will be better in points leagues.
Jul 28 - 5:42 PM

A veteran scout for Miami said that the reigning perception that Dion Waiters is a "knucklehead" is not accurate.

"He's a streak shooter, can get to the basket, can get his own shot. He is not bad defensively," said the anonymous scout. "He can get into guys. I’ve always liked his passing. He can make plays. He's got a pretty good feel... He's a good backup on a very good team. If he's starting, his warts are going to come to the forefront more." Waiters reportedly has the "inside track" to begin the 2016-17 season as Miami's starting two-guard, but inefficiency will make him an unattractive asset in standard leagues.
Jul 27 - 1:12 PM

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset.
Jul 26 - 10:11 AM

Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Heat.

It's only worth $2.9 million, so Waiters wasn't anywhere near the $18 million per season he wanted. Waiters should get plenty of minutes with the Heat and could actually start over Josh Richardson. Waiters hasn't shot the ball well in his career, making just 41.1 percent with a downward trend. He'd only be worthy of a late-round pick.
Jul 25 - 3:00 PM

Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters.
Jul 21 - 4:41 PM

The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent.
Jul 20 - 11:15 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
4Rodney McGruder
SF1Justise Winslow
2Luke Babbitt
PF1Derrick Williams
2James Johnson
3Josh McRoberts
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Udonis Haslem
3Willie Reed