2013 Fantasy Basketball Sleeper: SG Dion Waiters
Ever since King James left the Cleveland Cavilers, the team has been desperately searching for an offensive identity. The team obviously scored a slam dunk with point guard Kyrie Irving, but many have grown skeptical of the rest of the team’s ability to score.
One of the team’s bright spots, though, has been SG Dion Waiters. The rookie averaged 14.7 points per game last season and also added 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and even added one three-pointer per contest. Needless to say, the first-year guard quickly caught the attention of the fantasy basketball world with his aggressive play and ability to finish.
Waiters showed that he can be an extremely explosive option around the net and the two-gaurd is more than capable of scoring over 18 points per game. Besides Irving, Cleveland doesn’t haven’t many scoring threats, so Waiters could get plenty of chances to throw up the rock. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the duo combine to shoot the ball over 40 times per game.
Waiters is currently be drafted behind players like Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward, Jimmy Butler, Iman Shumpert, Aaron Afflalo, and even Nick Young in standard ESPN leagues, which is mind-boggling considering the sophomore’s potential. We all know what journeymen Korver and Young bring to the table and it is nothing close to Waiters, so don’t shy away from the youngster due to his inexperience. He is clearly already better than all six of these middle of the road guards and the former first round pick will show it this season.
Waiters is an ideal second shooting guard to lock onto this year, because he comes with tons of upside. He may not score over 20 points each game, but he will be one of the most consistent 15+ point scorers and will be able to be drafted after the eighth round this fall.
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