The departure of Dwyane Wade in the recent free agency left a huge hole in the Miami Heat. However, there is a growing optimism in the Magic City that Dion Waiters could fill Wade’s shoes and become a perfect backcourt partner for Goran Dragic.
It takes time before Dion Waiters found a home in the recent free agency. The 24-year-old shooting guard was initially a restricted free agent before the Oklahoma City Thunder rescinded his qualifying offer. After Dwyane Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls, the Heat decided to find his replacement, which gave Waiters the opportunity to prove himself once again in the league.
After getting a deal in Miami, Dion Waiters made it clear that he did not sign with the Heat to try to fill Dwyane Wade’s shoes. The 4th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft revealed that he joined the Heat to bring out the better version of himself. In his stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Waiters earned the bad teammate reputation which he wants to remove in Miami.
“He’s been great,” Justise Winslow said about Waiters showing a bad attitude or poor body language when he was with the Cavaliers and Thunder. “We are blocking everything out in the past. Clean slate. He’s been a great leader of this group so far.”
In their recent preseason games, Dion Waiters had established an impressive performance penetrating the basket and making good plays for his teammate. With this, some people cannot help themselves but compare him to Dwyane Wade.
When Waiters signed with the Heat, there are speculations that he is a frontrunner to start alongside Heat point guard Goran Dragic. Coach Erik Spoelstra described Waiters and Dragic as guards who can attack in the paint, both can spread the floor for the other guy, and both are very capable three-point shooters.
However, Spoelstra also said that it is too early to decide whether Dion Waiters will earn the starting role. In the nearing 2016-17 NBA season, Waiters will prove that the Heat did the right thing in bringing him in Miami.
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