Currently averaging just a smidgeon under 15 PPG, Dion Waiters is the NBA’s second-leading scorer amongst rookies. As remarkable as that may seem, the fourth-overall pick is taking nearly as many shots as he’s scoring points — 14.3 to 14.8 — which has led to a fair amount of justifiable criticism. Personally, I can see both sides of the Dion Waiters argument. On one hand, it takes a certain degree of offensive ability to get 14 shots off each and every game. On the other hand, Waiters chooses to fire over four threes per contest despite his underwhelming accuracy (32.6%). Obviously, his shot selection could use a little refinement. That said, he was born in ’91 and plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Somebody has to shoot, right?
No matter your opinion of Waiters’ rookie season, I think there is one thing we can all agree on — the 22-year-old sure does has a tendency to find his way to the highlight reel. In his latest flash of brilliance, Waiters drove to the rack and finished with authority in the vicinity of Derrick Favors, one of the league’s best young shot blockers.
Well, that was certainly a high-percentage shot! Maybe start doing more of this, Dion.
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