With the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Dion Waiters, shooting guard out of Syracuse.
Although somewhat of a questionable pick considering his lack of starting experience and rawness as an elite prospect, the Cavaliers’ decision to draft Waiters so high is an intriguing one. A big-time scorer who plays with an unrelenting motor, Waiters has the potential to be something special at the next level. He’s extremely athletic and brings the scoring to the table that the Cavaliers so desperately need.
Concerns will arise considering that Waiters was Syracuse’s sixth man and that he doesn’t have the starting experience one would expect from a Top 5 pick, but he has the tools to quiet the critics. His size (6’4’’, 221 pounds) puts the “tweener” label on him although he’s slated as a shooting guard. His lack of a consistent jumper could also hinder his adjustment to the NBA game.
Much like Bradley Beal will do for John Wall and the Washington Wizards, Waiters will be a terrific running mate for point guard Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers’ offense. His confident playing style and ability to put points on the board with ease will certainly help lift the Cleveland offensive attack.
The Cavaliers reached big when they drafted Waiters fourth overall while passing on North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes. With the raw potential that he holds, though, the gamble could pay off big down the road. Kudos to Cleveland for pulling off what could easily be one of the biggest steals (or busts) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
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