NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28: Dion Waiters of Syracuse greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number four overall by the the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters with the fourth pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.
Honestly, I thought this was a smokescreen. I figured someone was planting the info to get the Suns or Raptors to trade up. I'm shocked...just like every NBA fan out there. Seriously, Dion...you better be an All-Star. The last thing we need is another lottery bust...
The Philadelphia-based guard averaged 12.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. He was named Big East Sixth Man of the Year and an AP Honorable Mention All-American. Despite never starting a game for the Orange, Waiters was the best athlete on the floor at any given time and a critical part of a team that went to the Elite Eight and spent a large portion of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation.
After working out for the Toronto Raptors, Waiters cancelled his pre-draft workouts. It was speculated that he had received a promise to be drafted by either the Raptors or Phoenix Suns. More recently, the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors were rumored to be interested in Waiters as his draft stock continued to rise.
Congrats to Dion, may the NBA never change just how humble or hungry he is at any given moment.