Dion Waiters put up 19 points (6-9 FG, 3-3 3PT, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and two assists in a blowout win over Turkish side Fenerbahce on Friday.
Waiters can put up numbers like these, but usually against weaker competition. The former Syracuse player can be enraging to watch, as he takes some of the toughest shots possible, while dribbling the air out of the ball. He doesn't quite fit in with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, so his role will be to fill in when neither of them are on the floor and carry the scoring for the Oklahoma City Thunder in those instances. Scoring is the only true category that Waiters can help owners with and that makes his value quite limited.
Dion Waiters poured in 10 points (3-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 23 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Timberwolves.
As was the case for much of last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder deployed the defensive-minded Andre Roberson as their starter, leaving Waiters to settle into a volume-shooting role off the bench. Waiters ended up averaging more minutes than Roberson in 2014-15, but with the Thunder likely to receive healthier seasons from offensive stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant this season, it's possible coach Billy Donovan will prioritize defense first among his complementary players. If that's the case, the minute distribution between Roberson and Waiters could be more even this season, or even tilt more in Roberson's favor.
Despite dealing with a sore knee,
In addition to suffering from a sore knee, Waiters has also been experiencing soreness in his foot, but he has not missed any recent games.
Despite being bothered by a foot issue,
Waiters has been dealing with the foot issue for a few games, but it has not caused him to miss any recent games.
The Thunder are 2 1/2-point favorites.
A foot injury caused
Waiters has recently been bothered by a foot injury, but coach Scott Brooks said Waiters is feeling better.
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