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NBA Draft Profile: Dion Waiters


DION WAITERS, SYRACUSE, 6-4, 215lbs., Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Waiters was able to make an impact for an impressive Syracuse team last season coming off the bench. He was the team's leader in steals (67), second leading scorer (12.7), third-best 3-point shooter (36%) and had the second best field-goal percentage (48%).

One of his best games from the college season came in the semifinal of the Big East Tournament. Waiters posted 28 points on seven 3-pointers against Cincinnati.

Suns Director of Player Personnel John Treloar's Take: Dion is a guy out of Syracuse. He is a big, strong guy – physically, he is just a strong athlete. He’s another one who I throw into the category of being a combo guard. At Syracuse the lead guard, the point guard, there was a senior, and he got a lot of the starter’s minutes at the point. When Dion was in the game with the starting point guard, (Waiters) would slide over and play the 2. Then when Dion would play with their other guard, (Brandon) Triche – who was a 2-guard – Dion would slide over and play the point guard. So he has the ability – similar to Rivers – where he can play both spots. He’s a very aggressive guy, attacks the basket because he’s got the physical strength to get inside and do those kinds of things.