The Cleveland Cavaliers are a rebuilding team that hit a home run before last season by drafting Kyrie Irving first overall. Irving went on to win last season’s Rookie of the Year award by a landslide. The Cavs followed up that draft pick by taking Dion Waiters out of Syracuse with the fourth overall pick in 2012.
Although it’s still early in the process, Waiters hasn’t done much to endear himself to fans.
According to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Waiters showed up to camp at least 10 pounds overweight, and it truly hurt his summer league performance.
Waiters shot just 30 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three-point range and had a player efficiency rating (PER) of just 6.67.
In a way, Waiters has the most to gain this season; it shouldn’t be difficult to improve upon those abysmal stats.
However, Cleveland fans finally got a ray of basketball hope when they landed Irving, and if Waiters pans out to be a lousy pick whose performance is topped by those of the players drafted behind him, fans will be back to hanging their heads. Not only that, but the organization will have to replace Waiters with someone better.
Not getting value out of the fourth overall pick would be a disaster for the Cavs. Waiters has a lot to lose if he doesn't get into shape (literally and figuratively).