Without a doubt, the Miami Heat continue to find pieces that best compliment their winning-culture, even if they fail to have that same progress on the basketball court.
The Heat are currently standing at a 15-30 record (14th in the Eastern Conference), but as of recent, they’ve been on nothing-short of an absolute tear. They’ve won their last four games — including last night’s 105-102 home-victory over the “brawny” Golden State Warriors. And for such an unlikely, if not the most unlikely reason for someone to pull-off such an upset, was directed from the lively heroics of Shooting Guard Dion Waiters.
Waiters scored 33 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field, as well as a scorching 6-of-8 from downtown. One of those threes, of course won Miami the game with 0.6 seconds remaining. If you missed it, I’ll just leave this here for you:
Needless to say, the 25 year-old Guard from Syracuse University has ultimately found his home in South Florida. After missing twenty games (including all of December) due to a groin-injury, Waiters — a Philadelphia native — has returned, and is beginning to prove himself as one of the NBA’s most-skilled Guards by the day.
In his last-four outings, Waiters is putting up averages of 23.8 Points, 4.0 Rebounds and 3.3 Assists on a lights-out 56% from the field, and nearly 60% from the three-point line. Note that his overall plus/minus throughout those games was a +6.5.
Waiters has tied his career-high of 33 in both of Miami’s wins over Milwaukee and Golden State, and with Brooklyn up next on the schedule, Dion will have yet another chance to maybe even surpass that scoring number.
Going by what I’ve seen, from step-back jumpers to crafty finishes, Dion Waiters has finally understood the concept of his offensive game through Heat Head Coach Erik Spoesltra — and it’s been a joy to watch him flourish.
I think many have forgotten how great of a talent Waiters was prior to the 2012 Draft. This was a top-ten prospect, and drew plenty of comparisons to former Heat Guard Dwyane Wade. It’s no doubt that Waiters has shown flashes of the Heat legend, and he looks to carry on that tradition.
Over his five-seasons in the NBA Waiters has now played for three different franchises (Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Miami). Sure, that number isn’t as much one would think it’d be, but the change that Dion has had to overcome, as well as proving himself that’s he can develop a consistent offensive game, has been there for the Heat — who picked him up for just a one-year, $2.9 million deal.
“COACH HAS ALL THE BELIEF IN ME.” Waiters told Fox Sports sideline reporter Jason Jackson following the Heat’s win over GSW. “HE’S BEEN CONSTANTLY TRUSTING ME, AND IVE BEEN PUTTING IN THE WORK SINCE I’VE CAME OFF INJURY.”
“I’M IN THE ZONE RIGHT NOW. I FEEL GOOD.”
At this point, there isn’t much of a reason for Waiters to leave the Heat next summer. Looking at how much of a payday he’ll get from a future extension as well as having the green light, life is about to be great for Dion Waiters.
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