NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Dion Waiters #3 of the Syracuse Orange drives to the basket against the St. John's Red Storm during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
When Dion Waiters left the Combine without so much as one spin-move-dunk-followed-by-preening-yet-"humble"-posing, the smart money was that he had received some kind of promise from an NBA team to draft him. Most people pointed at the Toronto Raptors with the eighth pick in the draft, though they flatly denied it. Others thought it might be the Phoenix Suns, who draft thirteenth and are in desperate need of a guard.
So which team has allegedly "promised" to take Syracuse guard Dion Waiters. I’ve been told by two NBA officials that it is the Phoenix Suns, who pick right after the Bucks.
Of course, don't assume that just because the Suns want him with that pick that Dion will end up there. There's still a good chance someone will pick him before he gets that far, especially given all of the hype he's been generating. That he won't participate in workouts only feeds into that aura.
The only real problem with all of this is that it seems like Dion has stopped doing his Humble & Hungry blog over at Dime. Shame. I was wondering what he had for dinner this weekend.