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What is Dion Waiters' ceiling?




GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD afternoon, Fear The Sword! (Sorry, Pyro. I had to.)

I hope you guys are having a good day like I am, my FTS brothers. A topic has come to my mind lately about our second year SG, Dion Waiters, due to FTS talking about him a lot lately. I know his ceiling has already been talked about multiple times already, but I want to give out my take on it.

Dion was chosen as the 4th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. While people question the pick, nobody questions his talent. This guy can get to the rim whenever he wants to with his explosiveness and athleticism, which is causing a lot of people to compare him to Dwyane Wade.

In their rookie seasons, the numbers aren't far off.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/waitedi01.html

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/wadedw01.html

While Wade obviously had the better rookie season, ultimately being more efficient from the floor and scoring more points, you could see why people were making the comparison.

But there are two other players that come to my mind. Who are they and who did they play for? Well, both of them were on the same team and both won championships together. They played for the Bad Boy Pistons, and their names are Joe Dumars and Vinnie Johnson.

Both of these guys were very good players when they played. Joe Dumars was excellent on both sides of the floor, while Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson always gave a spark off the bench back in the day, because it seemed like he always came in hot.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsvi01.html

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/dumarjo01.html

Why am I comparing these two to Waiters? Well, this is determining what type of player Waiters will be later in his career. Will he eventually become the starting SG again and give the Kyrie & Dion duo another shot? Or will Mike Brown keep him in the sixth man role to give that spark off the bench? With the way Dion has been playing lately, I'm sure Mike Brown has at least thought about starting him again (ANYBODY BUT JACK PLEASE.)

Kyrie and Dion had chemistry issues in the beginning of the year, but they've really been trying to make this work lately. In this article by Greg Swartz on BR, pretty much one of the only guys that posts positive Cavs articles, compares the numbers when Kyrie and Waiters are on the court together.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1974556-can-kyrie-irving-and-dion-waiters-improving-relationship-last

They were worse playing together in the beginning of the year, but they seem to be better playing with each other later in the year. Wait, what? What is this...I don't even...

Yes, it's true folks. Kyrie and Dion have shown that they can play together. When both of them are on their game, they are extremely tough to stop and look like they could possibly be the next best backourt in the NBA. Will they be able to keep it up? We'll just have to wait and see, my brothers.

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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