#3 Dion Waiters
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6'4" 215 lbs Guard
HS: Burlington Life Center Academy NJ
South Kent School South Kent, CT
Born: 12/1/1991 Philadelphia, PA
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2010-11 Fr G 34 0 554 78 190
41.1%
39 48
81.3%
28 85
32.9%
50 53 41 12 46 0 30 38 4 223 6.6 1.5 1.6
2011-12 So G 37 0 891 170 357
47.6%
86 118
72.9%
41 113
36.3%
92 85 67 18 69 1 48 67 12 467 12.6 2.5 1.4
Career    
71
0
1445
248
547
45.3%
125
166
75.3%
69
198
34.8%
142
138
108
30
115
1
78
105
16
690
9.7
2.0
1.9

Dion Waiters was a guard for the Syracuse Orange basketball team for two seasons.

Dion WaitersWaiters was part of the regular rotation his freshman season. He was an explosive offensive player with a nice shooting touch and an aggressive move to the basket. He struggled on defense, which limited some of his playing time, but he showed several moments of exciting offense throughout the season. He got into a highly publicized shouting match with coach Jim Boeheim mid-season. He would be benched for a game, and see reduced playing time for a few game, but eventually worked his way back into his playing time. In the season ending loss to Marquette in the NCAA tournament, Waiters was the lone bright spot with 18 points.

Waiters was far more team oriented his sophomore season, and accepted his role as the sixth man on the team. Waiters would not start a game all season, but he would play about the same amount of time as Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine, and more importantly, Waiters was always on the court at the end of the game. He developed into Syracuse's best offensive weapon, with an nice combination of outside shooting and strong penetration to the basket.

Waiters defense improved dramatically too as he remained focused on it. He would lead the team in steals, and was an integral part of Syracuse's highly efficient fast break offense. He would be second on the team in scoring and had a career high 28 points in the Orange loss to Cincinnati in the Big East Tournament. Waiters played very well in the post season that season, but would be hampered with foul trouble in the NCAA Tournament against Ohio State, eventually fouling out, the only time in his career.

Waiters was named the Big East Sixth Man of the Year his sophomore season, and was also Third Team All Big East. He decided to leave school after his sophomore season to enter the NBA draft.

Waiters was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, this despite the fact he never started a game at Syracuse.

NBA Career Statistics
Season Pos G Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3FGA 3FGM % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2012-2013 G
61
1,756
336
815
41.2%
159
213
74.6%
63
203
31.0%
183
149
113
121
59
16
894
14.7
3.0
2.4
Total
G
61
1,756
336
815
41.2%
159
213
74.6%
63 203 31.0%
183
149
113
-
121
59
16
894
14.7
3.0
2.4

Waiters would have a solid rookie year for Cleveland, starting most the games, and averaging 14.7 ppg.

Waiters was often referred to as the cousin of Scoop Jardine. Reality was they were not related, but that they grew up together and their grandmothers were stepsisters.

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