Despite coming off the bench his two years at Syracuse, Dion Waiters still managed to showcase his talent and scoring ability. One of the best scorers in this draft, Waiters had a breakout year on one of the best teams in the country last year.
The first thing that is always mentioned when talking about Waiters is his scoring ability. He took on a Sixth Man role at Syracuse and it highlighted his scoring prowess even more. Possessing a good first step, Waiters combination of good strength and ball-handling allows him to get into the lane and create in isolation situations. His jump-shot can be deadly when he is on his game but he was inconsistent last year and will need to work on improving it in the NBA. While Waiters is able to handle the ball well, he doesn't bring much in terms of setting up other teammates.
It's hard to get a great read on Syracuse player's defensive abilities with their 2-3 zone but Waiters played a key part in the zone. Waiters played at the top of the zone and often was effective in harassing in the ball-handler. Waiters will likely have to defend SGs and some bigger PGs but he has the size and quickness to guard them effectively. While not being a great rebounder, he did do a good job of getting in the passing lanes at the top of the Syracuse zone.
Waiters talent level and scroing ability will get him drafted. He is the type of player NBA teams like because he can create his own offense and do it well. He has seen a meteoric rise throughout the draft process and now looks to be a lock to go in the lottery, possibly in the top-10.
|Rank||22nd overall (3rd SG)|
|Strengths||Ability to create own shot consistently