Dion Waiters does not want to come off the bench for Cleveland
A few things in the Cleveland starting rotation are pretty much set in stone: Kyrie Irving at the point and LeBron James at the three. After that it’s probably Tristan Thompson at the four and Anderson Varejao at center to start and end games.
But at the two guard spot, do you start Dion Waiters or throw your No. 1 pick, the athletic but raw Andrew Wiggins out there and let him learn on the job? The Cavaliers see Wiggins as a big two, not a three, watching him at Summer League he can be a good NBA defender right now, but his jumper is far from consistent.
Waiters might be better suited as a sixth man, where he can come in with a green light. How does he feel about that?
Long term it’s not going to matter.
Unless he makes a leap Waiters is going to lose his starting job sooner rather than later. He averaged 15.9 points a game last season but needed 14.2 shots to get there. He shot the three ball better (36.8 percent) but he has a true shooting percentage of .508, well below the league average. He’s just not efficient.
Wiggins is the future, he has looked pretty good at Summer League, with some insanely athletic moves, but he is very raw. What he is doing wrong will change with experience.
Don’t be shocked if the Cavs start shopping Waiters around, too.