Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  27 responses

Dion Waiters Says He’s the NBA’s Next Great Shooting Guard

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters believes he’s destined for greatness — entering his second year in the NBA, Waiters says he will follow a similar path to the Kobes and Wades of the League. Per Hoopsworld: “I’m coming,’ Waiters said in a phone interview. ‘I just feel as though I’m next up as far as shooting guards. If you look around, you know, Kobe [Bryant] and [Dwyane] Wade and those guys, they paved the way for a player like me and they’re almost done. It’s not like that, but I’m just saying, I’m coming. I just want everybody to know that. Without a doubt, I really believe that [I’ll eventually be the best shooting guard in the NBA]. This year, I’m going to show a lot of people who doubted me and still doubt me. I’m going to show them. And I don’t need praise and all of that. I just want to be respected. I’m coming. That’s all I have to say. I’ve taken my work ethic to another level and I feel as though I still have something to prove. So, watch out.’ Last season, Waiters averaged 14.7 points per game, ranking second among all rookies. With elite shooting guards like Bryant and Wade in their 30s and on the decline, the 21-year-old believes he can become the best two guard in the league over the next few years. It’s certainly possible, especially since the number of top-notch shooting guards has decreased in recent years. Aside from players like James Harden and Klay Thompson, there really aren’t many up-and-coming stars at the position. ‘I always have that confidence,’ Waiters added. ‘I’m just preparing and working hard. I’m taking my work ethic to another level. I’m working on everything, especially staying balanced when I shoot the ball. That’s the biggest thing, as well as taking good shots within the offense.’ [...] ‘It’s been crazy,’ Waiters said of his offseason workouts. ‘I’ve been in the gym constantly. Two or three times a day, I’ve been working on my game. I’ve been playing a lot more. I was in L.A. playing with guys out there. I was in Las Vegas. I’m just trying to get it, man. We have a big year coming up and I need to be ready for my team and the organization.’”

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  • ctk

    Become a top 10 shooting guard first than worry bout the crown …u got to crawl before u walk

  • LLC#12

    Man for the next decade or so, the Curry/Thompson vs Irving/Waiters debate could be a good one.

  • Noel

    Paul George is still a 2 isnt he

  • spit hot fiyah

    also wall/beal

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol Dion Waiters is a chucker. He’s closer to the next JR Smith

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He’s a 3. Only plays the 2 when Granger is healthy

  • LLC#12

    Wow, I dropped a clanger missing those 2!

  • spit hot fiyah

    which is perfect since jr smith probably thinks he is the nba’s best shooting guard

  • alexico

    No Waiting Waiters

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  • Mike Gilbert


    Rose is still only 24

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  • Mark Estrada

    this is really good confidence for a player this young and just getting started. as a Warriors fan, i know Klay is still kind of a one-dimensional player, he’s probably getting there in the top SG list or so, but Dion Waiters can really blossom into the next major player at that position. i just hope he isnt the next Monta Ellis, or JR like others say here.

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    Dion Waiters can really blossom into the next major player at that position. i just hope he isnt the next Monta Ellis, or JR like others say here.

  • Mike Gilbert

    but why

  • 23

    Might I add Lin/Harden

  • 23

    Nice burn on nbk! SHF 1 NBK 0

  • Saleem Rainman

    Ur sleeping on Klay, even as a warriors fan. He’s also actually an above average to good defensive player already, and his game off the dribble is REALLY improving. That kid is gonna be good.

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  • JL

    I’m not sure why it’s such a out there idea that it has to be voted down 7 times. I guess cuz Rose isn’t really up and coming anymore. And Butler isn’t really that explosive potential wise (a solid player though).

  • JL

    I thought that too. Although, I’m not sure if JR Smith ever said he was working on taking better shots. Pretty sure he works on his shot every summer since he said that’s all he works one cuz defenders don’t get paid (since his dad said so). If he really can improve his FG%, Waiters could get better. Defensively, I’m not sure where he is.

  • JL

    Maybe, but you gotta say that’s going to be clearer once the season gets underway, since we’re all just speculating how Bledsoe is going to a) fit with Dragic and b) how he will fare at the SG position.

  • Mike Gilbert

    Yea lol I would’ve loved an explanation as to why it was such an absurd thing to say.

  • Fak ya

    Rose is far younger than Curry too lol

  • TheFakeShow

    If Jimmy Butler keeps up his current you gotta add him to that list.

  • straight cake

    This could be a great debate also lol:


  • Mark Estrada

    i know my bad Klay lol. but im just saying Dion Waiters as a rookie really showed out this past season. Klay is definitely coming into his own.