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Dion Waiters vs Ben McLemore


There has been a lot of speculation and talk around taking Ben Mclemore 1st overall in the upcoming draft, even though we already have a starting SG. In this article I will compare Mclemore to Waiters in order to gauge whether or not a SG is the best choice for #1.

Ben McLemore

Base stats as a freshman

PPG- 15.9

APG- 2.0

RPG- 5.2

FG%- 50%

3PT%- 42%

Steals- 1.0

Blocks- 0.7

TO- 2.1

Advanced stats as a freshman

PER- 23.2

O Rating- 121.4

D Rating- 93.3

Win shares- 6.5

O Win Shares- 4.2

D Win Shares- 2.4

Dion Waiters

Base stats as a sophmore*

PPG- 12.6

APG- 2.5

RPG- 2.3

FG%- 48%

3PT%- 36%

Steals- 1.8

Blocks- 0.3

TO- 1.3

Advanced stats as a sophmore*

PER- 26.3

O Rating- 115.8

D Rating- 94.6

Win Shares- 7.2

O Win Shares- 4.4

D Win Shares- 2.8

*-Sophmore season is used because both players were in 2nd year in college and that was the last year they both played in college

What does this mean?

Dion Waiters is a better defender then Ben McLemore without a doubt. He boasts a higher defensive rating, more steals, and more defensive win shares.

Ben McLemore however, is a better offensive player. He averages more points, a higher offensive rating, a higher FG%, and a higher 3PT%.

One thing that must be remembered though, is that Dion played bench minutes at Syracuse, while McLemore was a starter. Would Dion match McLemores numbers if he started? Probably not, but they would be much closer.

Tell me what you think. Is it worth it taking 2 SGs in consecutive years when they are so close together in talent? Or do we take a high risk/reward player? What about the high floor guy? Let me know.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on FearTheSword.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff at FearTheSword

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