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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, who was benched for the start of the second half on Tuesday, started for the Thunder on Wednesday and had 14 points, a steal and two 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting.
Waiters' line was actually pretty decent due to the final score of 130-91 looking more like an old-school Globetrotters' score over the Washington Generals, instead of a meeting of two of the West's better teams. With Andre Roberson down and out, Waiters should continue to get plenty of starts and run from here on out. Mar 26 - 2:53 AM

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Dion Waiters was benched to start the second half of Tuesday's game, but he got hot offensively and finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

Anthony Morrow took Waiters' spot with the starters and remains the more valuable fantasy option, regardless of where he begins Wednesday's game in San Antonio. Waiters has been hot offensively over his past few games, however, and is worth plugging into lineup until he cools off. OKC is starting to gain some breathing room as the No. 8 seed in the West, pulling two games ahead of the idle Suns with tonight's 127-117 home win.
Mar 24 - 11:31 PM

Dion Waiters scored a season-high 26 points on Friday against the Hawks, hitting 11-of-18 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.

If Waiters is going to get this much playing time then he might be worth a look, but chances are that Enes Kanter will return to steal some touches and cap off any theoretic upside that Waiters might have. It was easily his best game of the year but we're just not convinced he can get it done in a standard league.
Mar 21 - 2:17 AM

Dion Waiters scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting (3-of-5 from the stripe) during his second game as the starting small forward for OKC, adding two rebounds and an assist over 25 minutes of action.

Waiters has too many deficiencies in his game to be considered an option in standard leagues. Since arriving in OKC, Waiters has compiled averages of 11.1 points and 1.0 steal per game on 37.4 percent shooting from the field. It's safe to leave him on the wire in most formats.
Mar 15 - 4:50 PM

Dion Waiters will replace Kyle Singler in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

Singler hadn't done much of anything as a starter for the Thunder, so Scott Brooks is probably looking to add some offensive firepower to the first unit with Serge Ibaka (knee) out. Waiters will be the secondary scorer next to the Russell Westbrook show tonight, and he does have a favorable matchup against the Wolves, so he's worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Just know consistency is a constant issue for Waiters, so there will be some risk here.
Mar 13 - 6:31 PM

Dion Waiters came back to Earth on Thursday against the Bulls with six points, one rebound and three assists in 26 minutes on 3-of-10 from the field.

He had his first 20-10 game on Wednesday and had nowhere to go but down. For some reason, Waiters continues to think taking isolation shots are a more efficient way to score than anything that Russell Westbrook or even Kevin Durant can provide. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Mar 5 - 10:49 PM

Dion Waiters scored 20 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer against the 76ers on Wednesday.

It's the first 20-10 game of his career. Waiters has looked awful since the break before tonight, making just 35.1 percent from the field in his previous seven games. It would appear Kevin Durant (foot) is getting closer to a return, which would hurt Waiters' chances to score.
Mar 5 - 1:36 AM

Dion Waiters couldn't capitalize on the Thunder's injuries, finishing Sunday's road win with nine points on 4-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench.

He added three boards and three assists but missed all of his 3-point attempts, and sluggish offensive is dooming him to fantasy irrelevance. Waiters is shooting 35.7 percent over the past five games and history suggests he won't improve much in the season's final weeks.
Mar 1 - 10:13 PM

Dion Waiters scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting on Thursday vs. the Suns, adding two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He has now scored in double digits in each of his last four games, and he hasn't been shy about hoisting up shots either, averaging 15 shots per game over that span. That being said, Waiters still doesn't do enough outside of scoring to be considered in standard leagues, and the eventual return of Kevin Durant (foot) will hurt his value. Leave Waiters on the wire.
Feb 27 - 2:31 AM

Dion Waiters needed 18 shots to score 14 points during Tuesday's win vs. the Pacers, though four of his five makes came from beyond the arc.

He shot 0-of-7 from within 16 feet of the basket, which is an extreme example of Waiters' season-long inefficiency. He's shooting just 50.3 percent in the restricted area, 36.4 percent in the paint, and his True Shooting of 45.5 percent leaves much to be desired. There's no reason to touch him outside of the deepest fantasy leagues.
Feb 24 - 11:13 PM

Dion Waiters led all Thunder reserves with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Sunday's rout, adding one 3-pointer, three rebounds and one turnover in 27 minutes.

"The whole team is having fun," Waiters said after the game. That's a far cry from his attitude while in Cleveland and he seems to be embracing a reserve role for OKC, though it helps that he got 15 shot attempts tonight with Kevin Durant (foot) out and starting swingman Kyle Singler in early foul trouble. He's shooting 36.5 percent over his past dozen games and remains a sketchy pickup in standard leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:00 PM

Dion Waiters played 32 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday, making 4-of-15 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

The minutes are eye-catching, but he is by far the most likely to lose playing time once Kevin Durant comes back. The fact that D.J. Augustin played so much next to Russell Westbrook is a big reason why. Waiters is a so-so add for now while KD is out, but he's not worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 21 - 10:17 PM

Dion Waiters scored eight points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and two turnovers against the Mavericks on Thursday.

The Thunder picking up D.J. Augustin is bad news for Waiters because it makes a lot of sense to play DJA next to Russell Westbrook. Augustin thrived off the ball next to Derrick Rose last season and will likely have a similar role -- not as many shots, though. That means Waiters probably won't play much more than 20 minutes. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 19 - 11:37 PM

Dion Waiters walked off the floor under his own power after turning his left ankle against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

It wasn't a really bad turn of his ankle and the All-Star break should be enough time to allow him to heal. Waiters isn't going to be worth owning while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are active.
Feb 11 - 11:32 PM

Dion Waiters scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting with one rebound in 17 minutes on Friday.

Waiters hasn't had any value since coming to OKC and if you were holding out hope this should be the nail in the coffin.
Feb 7 - 2:58 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2D.J. Augustin
SG1Andre Roberson
2Dion Waiters
3Jeremy Lamb
SF1Kevin Durant
2Kyle Singler
3Anthony Morrow
4Steve Novak
5Perry Jones
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Enes Kanter
3Nick Collison
C1Steven Adams
2Mitch McGary