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Report: Cavaliers considering picking Dion Waiters at No. 4

Jun 28, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

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There was a time a few weeks ago where we wondered if Syracuse sixth man Dion Waiters was going to get into the lottery portion of the NBA draft.

But in recent weeks he has rocketed up draft boards, to the point that Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo is reporting this:

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ intrigue with selecting Syracuse guard Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft has gathered significant momentum, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Cavaliers haven’t been able to get Waiters to visit Cleveland for a workout and meeting with officials, but it hasn’t extinguished management’s ever-evolving fascination with choosing Waiters at No. 4 – especially if the Cavaliers are unable to secure Florida guard Bradley Beal.

This smells of a smokescreen to me. Cleveland does like Beal but would need to trade with the Bobcats to get up to the No. 2 spot because Beal is not falling past the Wizards at No. 3. Was this leak their way of telling the Bobcats to back off on the price — taking on Tyrus Thomas — because they will be happy drafting at No. 4.

Waiters is moving up the boards because teams see a scoring spark plug off the bench. He is strong and his drives to the rim are aggressive, especially if he turns the corner off the pick-and-roll (which he reads well). He also defends. If his can develop a steady jumper… well, that’s why he’s suddenly going so high on draft boards.

  1. doggpound4ever - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    smoke and mirrors

  2. zblott - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Not sure how this guy is moving up the boards so strongly – weak outside shot, inconsistent results, hasn’t started a game in over 2 years.

    He’s probably not even a top-5 shooting guard prospect, let alone overall:
    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/6/26/5-best-available-players-at-each-position.html

  3. philyeagles5 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    i live in syracuse and i dont think theres a more overrated player in this draft over Waiters.

  4. 1historian - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    I just got outta bed and when I saw the headline I thought it said ‘Dionne Warwick’.

    Then the BRAIN FART! BRAIN FART! alarm went off

    Phew

    Have a good day friends and neighbors

    • unknowneric - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Take it easy on yourself, friend. Just walk on by. And say a little prayer for the Cavs.

  5. brownsfan5505 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Not gonna happen

  6. southpaw77 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    This GM will be fired if that happens and Waiters flames out like other Cavs picks like Dujuan Wagner, Trajan Langdon, Desagna Diop, etc.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Don’t forget the immortal Luke Jackson!

  7. cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Would be a great pick. He’s been compared to D Wade minus the diva.

  8. bparmalee - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    This is complete bs. He has a promise from some team early in the 1st round and the Cavs are trying to scare that team into trading up for him. They are not going to spend the 4th pick on a guy that they haven’t put through a workout. Either they are trying to smoke out the team that plans on taking or they are just trying to leverage a trade.

  9. jjthesportsguy - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    This is a terrible idea. Go get Kyrie’s buddy, Harrison Barnes. Harrison needs someone to push him and Kyrie’s work ethic will.

  10. protectthishouse54 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I doubt this actually happens, but I think the hype for Dion is warranted. If he had 35+ minutes last year, he’d be a top pick easily.

    • 700levelvet - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      And why wasn’t he getting 35 minutes a game last year?

      • brooklynotto - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        i believe he averaged the second most minutes per game on the team. he didn’t start because Boeheim loved his spark off the bench, not because he wasn’t good enough.

  11. 49erminer4life - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Now I’m a Orange season ticket holder. Dion will be the best player from this draft. My opinon but he has that mental drive & toughness that cant be taught like kobe. He was the best player on the SU roster. Jimmy B is a loyal coach. We have a incoming freshman and redshirt that what start over brandon triche on any other ncaa team

  12. drewzducks - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    The more important question is is he related to Granville ?

  13. imforbigblue - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Wow I knew SU fans were freaking morons but you take the cake buddy saying this kid will be the best player in the draft. Davis is five times the player now than that kid will ever be. Any team who takes this kid 15 or higher is as dumb as you!

  14. imforbigblue - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I ment 15 or lower he needs to be in the 20s easy!

  15. chiadam - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Yes, using the fourth overall pick on a guy that could not start on his college team is what every smart team does (look how well Shelden Williams worked out!), especially when said player showed up to college looking like Fat Albert.

  16. micquarters - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    instead of looking at “Starts”, perhaps we you should look at minutes played and/or watch the tapes and see who was running the show for SU at the end of close games. it was dion. he was easily the best player on the team last year and averaged more minutes than most of the starters. who give a damn who is on the floor when the opening tip occurs?

  17. 49erminer4life - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I guess that was for me. I usually dont re comnent for bandwagon fans. How long you been a big blue fan. I’m guessing 2 or 3 years. A.davis is gonna be a bust, he’ll never average 20/10 in any year. Also good 1 about fat albert, but that shows work ethic.

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