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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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The Thunder would reportedly be interested in signing Dion Waiters to an extension this summer, but only at a discount.
Waiters, however, would reportedly rather play out the final year of his contract in order to become a restricted free agent next season, so it's unlikely the two sides come to terms on a deal this offseason. Through 47 games with OKC last season, Waiters compiled averages of 12.7 points, 1.1 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. Waiters high-volume, low-percentage shooting really hurts his fantasy value, and with Durant coming back into the fold it's unlikely he can average the 12.9 shots per game he got last season. He's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Aug 25 - 7:02 PM

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Dion Waiters is focused on building relationships with teammates.

Waiters traveled to Orlando Summer League in order to spend some time with Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow and found the experience to be valuable. "It was best to come down here to be around the team, work out with the coaches and get acclimated to everything," Waiters explained. "Everybody is cool so far. You talk to them and get to know them and tell them a side of my story that they didn’t know."
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 1:16 PM

Dion Waiters said he thinks the Thunder can win a championship next year.

While it will be interesting to see how first-year head coach Billy Donovan meshes with the team, Waiters may be on to something as the Thunder will have a healthy Kevin Durant to start the 2015-16 season. "We got to come in knowing what’s at stake and that’s a championship," Waiters said. "We got the team. If you look at our team, we don’t have (any) missing links. We have everything that we need." The 23-year-old can score in bunches, but his fantasy value will take a bit of a hit with Durant returning and is better off left as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 16 - 10:02 AM

According to beat writer Darnell Mayberry, Oklahoma City "isn't believed to be interested in trading [Dion] Waiters."

Anyone can be traded for the right price, of course, but at the very least OKC isn't actively shopping Waiters with the draft looming. The Thunder hold picks Nos. 14 and 48 this year and they're interested in moving up, but GM Sam Presti conceded that it's a challenge. "History shows that it’s not an easy proposition to move up, into the lottery period," Presti said. "To penetrate into the top 10 becomes a little bit more challenging."
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 21 - 9:28 PM

Dion Waiters tied his career high of 33 points in Wednesday's meaningless win, hitting 12-of-23 shots and five 3-pointers to go along with three steals.

Enes Kanter added 25 points, 15 rebounds and a block, and wraps up a solid season for the Thunder. However, they'll join Russell Westbrook in an early summer vacation, as the Pelicans knocked them out of the playoffs by beating the Spurs on Wednesday.
Apr 15 - 11:48 PM

Dion Waiters hit just 4-of-21 shots in Monday's win, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes.

Waiters did not hit a three but he did make all five of his free throws to help ease the pain of the shooting percentage. Owners know what he's all about at this point, and that's being a somewhat high-upside guy with all sorts of risk.
Apr 14 - 3:56 AM

Dion Waiters nearly fouled out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, finishing with 16 points, two boards, one assist, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Waiters shot 7-of-16 from the field tonight and turned it over just once, but his defense was pretty suspect throughout the game. Russell Westbrook is looking at a one-game suspension, meaning Waiters should be able to take as many shots as he pleases vs. the Blazers on Monday.
Apr 12 - 9:45 PM

Dion Waiters played through some knee soreness on Friday against the Kings, scoring 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes.

The Kings are running a terrible roster out there and the Thunder are playing for their playoff lives, so this result wasn't too hard to see coming even with the knee soreness. Be careful in how much credit you give to Waiters for this line, and we're not willing to call him anything but a flier-level play at this point.
Apr 11 - 3:08 AM

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said that Dion Waiters is dealing with a sore knee, but he expects him to play Friday vs. the Kings.

There's no reason to think that Waiters won't suit up tomorrow, but that doesn't mean that he should be owned in standard leagues. Through four games in April, Waiters has put in averages of 12.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers per game on 40.0 percent shooting from the field. At best, Waiters is a low-end play in deep leagues.
Apr 9 - 2:10 PM

Dion Waiters scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, adding four rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers over 40 minutes of action.

Waiters really doesn't do much aside from score, and even that he doesn't do efficiently (38.9 percent from the field, 65.5 percent from the stripe), so he's not a great guy to own in standard leagues.
Apr 5 - 6:21 PM

Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

He didn't have any setbacks during shootaround and it sounds like his re-evaluation on Tuesday went well, so Waiters should be in the clear. That doesn't make him a reliable fantasy option, of course, as he shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the FT line in March.
Apr 1 - 6:26 PM

Dion Waiters (foot) sat out Tuesday's practice.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Waiters' foot is feeling better, but we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks. With Andre Roberson (ankle) likely out Wednesday, Anthony Morrow could be in line for all the minutes he can handle if Waiters is unable to play.
Mar 31 - 1:26 PM

Dion Waiters (foot) will have an examination when the Thunder return to Oklahoma City.

Waiters has been complaining of foot pain over the last few games, and this is par for the course considering how OKC's season is going with injuries. Waiters did manage to jack up 20 shots in Sunday's win over Phoenix and played nearly 38 minutes while doing so.
Mar 30 - 9:09 AM

Dion Waiters (ankle) started Sunday's road win vs. the Suns and finished with 18 points 8-of-20 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebound, one assist and three turnovers.

He struggled on Saturday with just three points on 1-of-4 shooting, possibly due to his sore ankle, but the injury didn't appear to limit him tonight. The bad news is that this line typifies the reasons why Waiters is a poor fantasy option -- he shoots inefficiently and contributes paltry rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, so one off-shooting night can tank his week.
Mar 29 - 11:55 PM

Dion Waiters scored just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

Waiters had scored in double digits in each of his last four games, so this was a frustrating line for any owners relying on him tonight. Waiters is still locked into a starting role moving forward with Andre Roberson on the shelf, and he will have a chance to bounce back vs. the Suns on Sunday. That being said, he is far from a must-own player in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 12:53 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2D.J. Augustin
3Cameron Payne
SG1Dion Waiters
2Anthony Morrow
3Andre Roberson
SF1Kevin Durant
2Kyle Singler
3Steve Novak
4Josh Huestis
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Nick Collison
3Mitch McGary
4Talib Zanna
C1Enes Kanter
2Steven Adams
3Dakari Johnson