Dion Waiters will play his first real NBA game in his hometown of Philadelphia later on tonight. He'll come in averaging 14.7 points on 41 percent shooting through nine games to go along with 2.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds.
The last time he played in Philly was during the preseason. On October 17th, Waiters finished 2-9 from the floor for five points in 27 minutes.
I caught up with Dion following the Mavericks game on Saturday to talk for a minute about that return trip to the City of Brotherly Love:
As a heads up, I made myself write one hundred times on my dry erase board last night: "you are not a member of the Cavaliers in any way, Brendan". So hopefully that will keep me from using terms like "we" during an interview moving forward. I tried to quickly correct myself in talking with Dion, but it was too late. My bad on that.
Getting back to Dion's most recent performance, he was aggressive and did put a solid scoring number (16) on the board but his shooting percentage (25 percent; 4-16) was certainly not where it needed to be.
He put that pressure he mentioned on the referees to make calls at the rim, and should've gotten one when he tried to dunk on Chris Kaman's head late, but unfortunately the officials missed it.
He just needs to keep attacking like that moving forward no matter what happens. I have no problem with 16 field goal attempts, even with him missing 12.
Rookie Life: Dion Waiters has to wear this backpack
I took this picture of Dion's backpack last night and asked him if he was going to have to wear it when he went home to Philly.
Dion told me: "I'm not sure, Gibson said maybe I won't have to. I'm hoping I don't".
Waiters is listed at four on the current Rookie Ladder rankings at NBA.com this morning. He is also one of only three rookies listed on a poll asking which "rookie has been most impressive so far" this season.
After I voted this morning, Dion had 10,305 endorsements. Damian Lillard had 27,102 and Anthony Davis had only 4,171. I have no idea how that translates to the electoral college, however.no comments