In October, I wrote about the unique opportunity that Dion Waiters had to contend for NBA Rookie of the Year in 2012-13. The award obviously went to Damian Lillard in a landslide, but Waiters still finished the season in good company.
Along with Lillard, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis and Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters was named NBA All-Rookie First team on Tuesday.
According to the release issued by the Cavaliers, Waiters received 21 first-team votes and eight second team votes for a total of 50 points.
This after finishing the season at 14.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds. In the event you were wondering, below is what I initially predicted in terms of Waiters' statistical production this season in that October article I was talking about.
Which brings me to my prediction for Dion Waiters' final stat line this season: 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
For those keeping score at home, I was off by 1.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists. And while he was never really close for ROY--outside of being named Rookie of the Month once--I've remained proud of that prediction.
As was Waiters proud to be named All-Rookie First Team according to the press release.
“I’m honored to receive an award like this and it makes me hungry to keep working hard and focus on taking the next steps to improve my game,” said Waiters. “I can’t wait to get back to work with my teammates and Coach Brown, though, because I’m excited about what our potential can be as a group.”
Humble and hungry as always.
The other young Cavalier recognized on Tuesday was Tyler Zeller who was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.
The guy who drafted them both spoke on Tuesday too.
“Congratulations to Dion and Tyler on receiving this special recognition,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “They both worked very hard this year and we know they are focused on their continued improvement as well, not only individually, but for our growth as a team.”
The more I keep thinking about the future of this team, the more excited I become. Congrats to my man Michael Kidd-Gilchrist too by the way.
Be back later.