Position: Shooting Guard
Drafted: First Round, Pick 4
Not only is Dion Waiters one of the most polarizing prospects in this draft class, but he is widely considered to have been the greatest reach as well. Considering most analysts had Dion Waiters struggling to crack the top 10 and he went fourth overall, that's a label that fits well.
The question is: Does the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers reached for Waiters mean he won't be the star his draft placement suggests?
There is good reason to believe he won't live up to the hype. Waiters averaged just 24.1 minutes per game during this past college season, suggesting that he may not be capable of playing starter's minutes in the NBA.
Even if he can, is it fair to assume that the production will be consistent through 30-plus minutes of action? Or have the Cleveland Cavaliers simply landed their sixth man of the future, thus leaving themselves without a legitimate starting 2?
While that possibility exists, there is an equally great chance that Waiters ends up a star. The Syracuse alum bears a strong resemblance to a rookie Dwyane Wade, as he too was a phenomenal ball handler who has no trouble penetrating off of the dribble when he was drafted out of Marquette.
Throw in elite finishing skills around the basket, sound passing abilities and a knack for stepping into passing lanes for steals, and you now have the makings of the second coming of D-Wade.
Unfortunately, there is an equal chance that Waiters fails to live up to such expectations.
2011-12 College Season Averages
24.1 MPG, 12.6 PPG, 2.5 APG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG