- Draft Class: 2012
- College: Syracuse
- High School: Burlington Life Center Academy (Philadelphia, PA)
- Birthdate: December 10, 1991 (Philadelphia)
Selected in the first round (4th overall pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cavaliers.
Played in 61 games (48 starts)....averaged 14.7 points on .412 shooting, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 28.8 minutes per game...also shot .310 from three-point range and .746 from the free throw line...among rookies, ranked second in points per game, fourth in assists per game and fourth in steals per game...made more field goals and free throws than any other Eastern Conference rookie despite missing 21 games...participated in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend, pouring in 23 points on 11-12 (.917) shooting from the field, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes for Team Shaq...winner of the NBA’s Rookie of the Month Award, for games played in February...in his NBA debut, scored 17 points while swiping three steals in 28 minutes against Washington on Oct. 30...in just his fourth career game, he shot 7-11 (.636) from behind the three-point line and finished with 28 points, becoming the first player in NBA history to have seven or more three-pointers in one of his first six games...also the first Cavs rookie to make seven three-pointers in a game and the first rookie to make at least seven triples in a game since Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois made a rookie record nine triples on March 27, 2010...made at least one three-pointer in each of his first 13 games of his career (Oct. 30-Nov. 24) and is one of three players in league history to have started their careers with 10-or-more consecutive games with a three-point field goal (Damian Lillard, Rudy Fernandez)...swiped a career-high four steals on Nov. 26 at Memphis...dished out a career-best seven assists five times on the season...finished with a career-high 33 points on 12-18 (.667) shooting and added five assists in 29 minutes off the bench at Sacramento on Jan. 14 to become just the third rookie in Cavaliers history to score at least 30 points off the bench, joining Mike Mitchell (32 points on Jan. 6, 1979) and Derek Anderson (30 points on April 3, 1998)...the last NBA rookie to score 30 points off the bench was Roddy Beaubois (40 points on March 27, 2010)... tallied a team-best 26 points on 11-17 (.647) shooting and three assists in 31 minutes on Feb. 24 at Miami...scored 25 points on 10-16 (.625) shooting from the field in 36 minutes in a victory at Chicago Feb. 26...during a six game stretch from Feb. 13-27, averaged 20.3 points on .522 shooting from the field...averaged 16.1 points in 16 games after the All-Star break...recorded three consecutive games of at least 20 points twice on the year (Feb. 24-27 and March 10-15)...scored 10-19 points 31 times, scored 20-29 points 13 times and scored 30 or more points once...led the team in scoring 20 times, assists 11 times, steals nine times and blocks nine times...missed games from Dec. 3-15 with a left ankle sprain...missed games from March 4-6 due to illness...missed games from March 20-April 9 with a left knee injury...missed game on April 12 due to personal matters...was DNP-CD one time, DND three times and NWT four times on the season...was placed on the Inactive List 13 times on the season.
Named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team for the 2012-13 season...winner of the NBA’s Rookie of the Month Award, for games played in February...participated in the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.
Son of Dion Waiters Sr. and Monique Brown...proud father of Dion Rhalik Waiters...cousin of Syracuse teammate Scoop Jardine...majored in communication and rhetorical studies...co-hosted the Dream Chasers Sports and Entertainment Summit in Philadelphia in August 2013 which offered advice to students.