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Last season, Waiters was second among rookies in scoring, at 14.7 points a night. He did this on a less than inspiring 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 31 percent from three-point land.
So why believe he'll be better this year?
For starters, Waiters enters into his sophomore season in much better shape than a year ago. He's also being more selective with his shots as well.
Waiters spent far too much time chucking three-pointers last season. He's at his best splitting defenders and getting to the basket.
In his first four games this preseason, Waiters has attempted 44 shots, with just six coming from behind the three-point line. This means his aggressiveness has been turned up, and he's not just settling for threes.
It's also worth noting that after the All-Star break last season, Waiters averaged 16.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting, up from his 14.2 on 39.6 shooting before it.
With Kyrie Irving looking to distribute more to all the new players, Waiters could easily push his scoring average up over 18.