News: Despite returning to the court following a knee issue, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters could still require offseason surgery to remove a loose fragment of cartilage, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports. Waiters missed 10 consecutive games at the end of March and into April because of the injury and has been in the lineup for two of the team's past three outings. "It feels good," he said. "Im jumping and dunking. If I can do that, then Im ready to go."
Analysis: Waiters is expected to be on a minutes limit for Monday's game against Miami, the second part of a back-to-back set. That restriction could last the remainder of the season as the Cavaliers have no reason to provide him sufficient minutes and risk further injury. The rookie has displayed signs of being effective from downtown this season, averaging better than 30 percent from beyond the 3-point line in three different months. Fantasy owners should look to him as a quality pick with upside toward the later rounds of drafts next season.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters was able to get back on the court for Sunday's game against the 76ers after missing the previous contest due to personal reasons. Waiters finished with 11 points in the 91-77 defeat on 5 of 15 shooting from the field. He also added four rebounds and two assists to his stat line.
Analysis: Waiters is still recovering from a left knee injury and will see limited minutes over the last two games of the season. The rookie has only appeared in 59 games this season due to injuries and other issues, but has still managed to post a productive 14.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting from the field on the year. Waiters will be worthy of a mid-to-late round pick in most formats heading into next season.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was unavailable for Friday's contest against the Knicks as he left the team to attend to a personal matter. There has been no timetable announced for his return, according to the team's official website.
Analysis: While Waiters was finally able to get back on the court last Wednesday after missing 10 games with a knee injury, he was forced to miss another game Friday night. The rookie has only appeared in 58 games this season due to injuries and other issues, but he still managed to post a productive 14.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting from the field on the year. Waiters will be worthy of a mid-to-late round pick in most formats heading into next season.
News: After missing the previous 10 games due to a knee injury, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters returned Wednesday night against the Pistons. Playing 15 minutes off the bench, he scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting in the 111-104 loss. Waiters missed both of his attempts from beyond the arc but made his lone free throw. He also posted three rebounds and an assist in the defeat.
Analysis: Waiters averaged 16.2 points in five games before going down with the injury and will likely be eased back into the rotation down the stretch. Owners should keep in mind that with Cleveland eliminated from the playoffs, the club has no reason to push the 21-year-old. Waiters has enjoyed a productive rookie campaign and appears to have a bright future in Fantasy. Owners in deeper Fantasy formats should consider getting him active again.
News: The Cavaliers official team website reports that guard Dion Waiters continues to progress in his treatment and rehabilitation process to address the small loose cartilage fragment in his right knee. He is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons. Waiters has missed the past 10 games with the injury.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should keep Waiters reserved in all leagues Wednesday if possible even with his expected return. Let him prove himself first before starting him across the board in all formats. If he doesn't suffer a setback and appears to be at 100 percent then make him active again going forward.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters missed his 10th consecutive game Tuesday against the Pacers as he continues to deal with a left knee injury. Waiters remains listed as out indefinitely.
Analysis: The Cavaliers hinted that Waiters may need to undergo surgery on his left knee to remove the loose cartilage that is in there, but there has been no word on if that is still on option or not. We would be shocked if the rookie was able to get back on the court prior to the end of the regular season, so owners should be more concerned about his long-term future at this point. Keep an eye on his health over the summer months. Waiters showed some nice promise after putting up 14.7 points on 41 percent shooting from the field during his rookie campaign, making him worthy of a mid-to-late round pick in most formats next season, assuming he is healthy.
News: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cavs rookie guard Dion Waiters, who is still suffering from a sore left knee, will not play Wednesday night against the Nets, and coach Byron Scott said there really was no update on his condition. Waiters took himself out of a game after the first quarter against Indiana on March 18. At the time, the Cavs said he had a loose cartilage fragment in his knee and would be out a week for rest, treatment and additional observation and examination. They said at the time arthroscopic surgery could be an option, clearly as a last resort. Scott was asked whether he was holding out any hope Waiters could still play this season. Counting Wednesday night's game against Brooklyn, the Cavs have nine games left. "I'm not holding up anything,'' Scott said. "The guys who are out here are the guys I'm going to coach. Until the medical staff tells me something different, that's how I'm going to look at it.''
Analysis: Fantasy owners should plan on Waiters being out for the rest of the year. Even if he does return this season he would have minimal Fantasy value. He will likely return next season as a quality Fantasy option worth a mid- to late-round pick.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters' knee is not improving as the team hoped it would and there is not a timetable for him to return right now, reports the Akron Beacon-Journal Monday. He's considered out indefinitely at the moment. "I don't think he's even close," Byron Scott said.
Analysis: Waiters could winding up having to undergo arthroscopic on his knee if he doesn't start to improve, which would ultimately end his season. However, with the Cavaliers essentially just playing out the string at this point, the team may decide to shut him down anyway. Waiters has put up 14.7 points during his first year in the league, but he is putting up 16.9 points since the All-Star break. He can be considered a viable option in most formats when healthy.
News: The Cavaliers announced that rookie guard Dion Waiters will be sidelined for at least a week after an MRI taken Tuesday revealed loose cartilage in his sore left knee. Waiters, who was forced to leave Monday's contest against the Pacers after the first quarter with his injury, will be re-evaluated after he receives a full week of rest and treatment, reports the Plain Dealer.
Analysis: Waiters could winding up having to undergo arthroscopic on his knee if he doesn't start to improve, which would ultimately end his season. However, with the Cavaliers essentially just playing out the string at this point, the team may decide to shut him down anyway. Waiters has put up 14.7 points during his first year in the league, but he is putting up 16.9 points since the All-Star break. He can be considered a viable option in most formats when healthy. C.J. Miles will likely see starts in his absence.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters left Monday's contest against the Pacers due to a sore left knee. Waiters did not come out of the lockeroom after halftime and was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game by the team. He finished four points, two rebounds and two assists prior to leaving the contest.
Analysis: Waiters apparently is dealing with some discomfort in his left knee and it become too much for him to deal with Monday night. The rookie said he has felt some discomfort in his knee over the last few days and will have his knee checked out by doctors on Tuesday. Waiters is averaging 16 points over his last five games and can be considered a viable start in most formats when healthy.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters looked rusty in his return to the court during Friday's contest against the Grizzlies. Waiters, who missed Cleveland's last two games while dealing with an illness, finished with just three points in the 103-92 defeat. He missed on all four of his field-goal attempts, but was able to hit on three of his four free-throw attempts. Waiters also added one assist and one rebound to his stat line, while logging 20 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Waiters looked gassed Friday night as the rookie had a hard time keeping his stamina up. However, that is to be expected after dealing with the flu for more than a week, so we aren't too concerned about his latest effort. The good news is he was finally able to get back on the court and he should be good to go heading into Fantasy Week 20 (March 11-17). Waiters averaged a season-best 15.8 points per game during February, so feel free to get him active heading into the upcoming scoring period.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters is expected to return for Friday's game against Memphis after dealing with an illness earlier this week, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Waiters has missed the past two games, but participated in the morning shootaround without issue Friday.
Analysis: Waiters has improved greatly during the second half of the season and averaged a season-high 15.8 points per game last month. The dynamic rookie has been sizzling from the field in that span and connected on fewer than 50 percent of his shot attempts only three times over his past 11 games. Fantasy owners should monitor his status for any changes before tip-off, but he's worth activating in most formats during his hot run.
News: The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters returned to practice Thursday. Waiters has missed the past two games with an illness. He will be considered questionable for Friday's game against Memphis.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should continue to monitor what happens with Waiters, but it sounds like he should be able to play against the Grizzlies. When healthy and active, Waiters is a quality Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was held out of Wednesday's contest against the Jazz as he continues to deal with an illness. Waiters has now missed two straight games with his ailment, but remains listed as day to day.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should continue to rest Waiters in all leagues, and hopefully he will return soon. Waiters was playing well prior to getting sick, and hopefully he will return to playing at a high level once he's able to get back on the court.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was ruled out for Monday's contest against the Knicks due to an illness, according to the team's official website. He is being listed as day to day at this point.
Analysis: Waiters' ailment is not being considered serious, but it will cost him at least one game in Week 19 (March 4-10). However, the Cavaliers still play three more times this week, so Waiters will still get chances to get his numbers assuming he comes back by Cleveland's next game. The rookie is averaging 20.6 points and 3.8 assists over his last five games and can be considered a viable mid-range option with upside when healthy.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters turned in a solid shooting performance Sunday night against Miami. Waiters went 11 of 17 shooting from the field, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. He finished with a team-high 26 points, three assists and two rebounds while logging 31 minutes of game action in a 109-105 defeat.
Analysis: Waiters continues to show that he can score thus far in his rookie campaign, but can be a bit inconsistent at times. That said, the 21-year-old has been found his shooting stroke as of late and has converted 53 percent or more of his shots in four of the last six games. We hope that this trend continues for the 21-year-old. Waiters is averaging roughly 14 points, three assists and two rebounds per game this season and should be viewed as a solid option in deeper Fantasy formats moving forward.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters shot nearly 59 percent from the field in the five games prior to the All-Star break and kept things going Wednesday night against the Hornets. He scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the 105-100 win. He missed his lone attempt from downtown but made all four of his free throws while playing 29 minutes. Waiters also chipped in with three assists, a steal and a block in the victory.
Analysis: Waiters has shown that he can score thus far in his rookie campaign but can be inconsistent with his shot at times. That hasn't been the case of late, however, so hopefully he will be able to keep things going. The 21-year-old has all the makings to become a reliable Fantasy guard and should be active in deeper formats.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters continued his hot shooting Wednesday against the Spurs, as he contributed 20 points on 15 shot attempts in a 96-95 loss. Waiters played 31 minutes and hit what appeared to be a game-winning jumper with nine seconds remaining, but he lost his man on the other ends and allowed Kawhi Leonard to hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to cost the Cavs the game. You learn from it, but at the end of the day, I hate to lose that way, Waiters told reporters. We battled hard. We just came up short, and it hurts. Waiters added six rebounds and four assists in the game.
Analysis: Waiters has showed a solid scoring tough this season, but efficiency has been his biggest lingering issue. There are some positive signs in his play during the month of February, as he has made at least half of his shots in six of nine games so far, while shooting 50.5 percent overall. He has mad just one three-pointer, but has only attempted 11, well below his season pace. Waiters is still learning how to reign in his game and focus on good shots, and if he figures that out he could be in a for an excellent final month-plus. For now, Waiter remains more of a low-end Fantasy option with upside.
News: Despite generating better numbers off the bench, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters has remained a fixture in the starting lineup recently and will continue to stay in the position for the time being. Waiters is averaging 17.1 points in nine games as a reserve compared to just 13.5 points per outing as part of the starting five, but, perhaps most importantly, he has drawn the support of coach Byron Scott. "In the last two to four weeks hes really starting to grow just from a maturity standpoint," Scott told the Akron Beacon-Journal. "Hes really starting to understand what being a pro is all about. Hes really starting to put in the work before and after practice and its really starting to pay off. Hes playing with a lot more confidence right now. He understands what his role is, even as a starter."
Analysis: Waiters has maintained his spot despite being in the midst of one of his most inconsistent shooting stretches of the season. The rookie, who has not been immune to slumps this year, is hitting on just 16.7 percent of his attempts from long range over his past five games (2 for 12), resulting in three outings with less than 15 points. The slump has dropped his season average to 31.4 percent from beyond the arc, and making him a risky Fantasy option in shallow formats. Waiters has plenty of potential, but until he can harness his ability, he should he viewed as a low-end option for now.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters continues his inconsistent rookie campaign, as he scored 19 points in just 24 minutes in a 122-95 win over the Bobcats. Waiters scored 19 points on 14 shots, just four days after scoring just 12 points on 13 shots in the teams previous game. He missed all three of his three-point attempts in the game, but added five assists and just two turnovers.
Analysis: Waiters has certainly shown the ability to be a big-time performer since the Cavaliers selected him with the No. 4 overall pick, but the production has still been inconsistent. The 21-year-old is averaging 14.2 points per game on the season, but is shooting just 37.9 percent from the field. His overall production makes him more of a low-end Fantasy option, however his upside remains too great to consider dropping him.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters earned another start Saturday night against the Raptors but had a tough time finding his shot. Waiters went 3 o 10 shooting from the field, including 0 of 1 from downtown as he finished with six points, two rebounds and an assist while logging 28 minutes of game action in a 99-98 victory.
Analysis: Waiters is starting to earn more starts while C.J. Miles recovers from an illness, but with performances like this, the rookie may see himself back on the bench if he does not bounce back. He is averaging 11.4 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds over his last five games and should be viewed as a decent option in deeper Fantasy formats heading into Week 14 (Jan. 28-Feb. 3).
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters earned his 26th start of the season in place of C.J. Miles, who's dealing with an illness, Tuesday night against the Celtics. Waiters endured a tough shooting performance, as he went 3 of 12 from the field, including 1 of 4 from downtown and finished with just seven points and three assists in a 95-90 victory. He also added two rebounds and a steal while logging 33 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Waiters was dealing with an illness Sunday as it seems to be spreading around the team. He has been held under 25 percent shooting from the field in two of his last three games, but has still managed to average 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists through that three-game stretch. He should be viewed as a solid starting option in deeper formats moving forward.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was able to play through an illness and had a tough time finding his shot Saturday night against the Jazz. Waiters scored a team-high 23 points on 6 of 14 shooting from the field, including 1 of 3 from downtown, but converted 10 of 12 shots from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with three assists and two rebounds while logging 28 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Waiters was able to play through an illness and still managed to be the team's leading scorer off the bench despite a below-average shooting performance. He is only shooting 30.4 percent from the field over his last two games after his 33-point explosion Jan. 14 against the Kings. Waiters will likely get over his illness within a few days and should be viewed as a solid starting option in deeper formats heading into Week 13 (Jan. 21-27).
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters is listed as active for Saturday's game at Utah despite dealing with an illness, according to the team's play-by-play announcer. Waiters was warming up before the game and will be a game-time decision, according to the report. We wont know until were about to go out, head coach Byron Scott told NBA.com.
Analysis: Waiters scored just five points over 23 minutes on Wednesday at Portland, one game after pouring home 33 points over 29 minutes against the Kings. The fact that he is active does not guarantee that he'll see playing time, so we'll continue to monitor his role throughout the game. Consider him an injury-risk option in all formats for Saturday's game.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters had to sit out shootaround Saturday as he was feeling under the weather, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Waiters is a game-time decision for Saturday's game at Utah.
Analysis: Waiters scored just five points over 23 minutes on Wednesday at Portland, one game after pouring home 33 points over 29 minutes against the Kings. Under the weather, Waiters may miss Saturday's game and would then become a small injury risk for the upcoming scoring period. When feeling good, Waiters is a solid start in deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters had a huge night on Monday in a loss at Sacramento. Waiters played 29 minutes and was definitely on fire going 12 of 18 from the field and 3 for 3 from deep to score a game-high 33 points. Waiters even dished out five assists and grabbed two rebounds in the monster performance.
Analysis: Waiters has been playing very well lately as the 21-year-old rookie is getting more and more comfortable in the NBA. He's averaging almost 19 points per game over his last five contests and he's becoming pretty consistent from 3-point range as well. If he can keep his field goal percentage climbing, Waiters will fast reach must-start status.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters finished tie for the team lead in scoring on Sunday night against the Lakers. He finished with 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting in the 113-93 loss. He went 1 for 4 from beyond the arc while playing 26 minutes off the bench. Waiters posted two assists, a steal and a rebound in the defeat.
Analysis: Waiters continues to score in double figures on a consistent basis and has put together a productive rookie campaign. He has been a bit of a streaky shooter, however, but has been trending up in that department of late. Waiters is averaging 14.6 points in the previous five contests while shooting nearly 41 percent during that stretch. The 21-year-old appears to be adjusting to his role off the bench and remains a viable option in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Despite playing him off the bench the past two games, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said he still believes guard Dion Waiters can serve as the team's second scoring option behind Kyrie Irving. "I still think Dion eventually will be that guy. Hes going through a little spell where he just cant make a shot," Scott told the Akron Beacon Journal on Sunday. "These two guys [Waiters and Irving] are still learning how to coexist when theyre out there together." Waiters has averaged just 11.0 points in his two outings as a reserve.
Analysis: Waiters said he preferred to remain in the starting lineup as he was clearly unhappy with a bench role in college at Syracuse. "Im not saying Im not happy, Im not saying Im mad," the rookie said. "Its not up to me whether I start or not. The only thing I can do is just go out there and play and try to help the team win." Waiters has been frigid since his return from a sprained left ankle as he's drained just 6 of his 30 attempts from downtown. He will certainly have to improve his accuracy before being inserted back into the starting lineup and should only be active in deeper Fantasy formats for now.
News: After scoring just five points his last time out, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott shook the lineup up and had guard Dion Waiters come off the bench during Wednesday's game against the Kings. Waiters lost his starting spot to C.J. MIles, but came up big with 20 points off the bench in a 97-94 defeat. He went 8 of 19 shooting from the field, including 1 of 4 from the 3-point line, and knocked down all three of his free throw attempts. He also chipped in with three assists, two rebounds and one steal while logging 29 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Though Scott may have been looking for a spark from Miles, Waiters was able to come through off the bench and outperform Miles against the Kings. He ranks second among NBA rookies with a decent 14.2 points per game. Waiters is averaging 13.4 points, 3.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game over his last seven contests. At this point, it is uncertain whether or not the Cavaliers will use him off the bench, so we'll continue to keep an eye on that moving forward. He has reached double figures in scoring in five of his last seven games and should be considered as a viable option in deeper formats if he is back in the starting lineup.
News: Cleveland coach Byron Scott hopes rookie guard Dion Waiters can break the mold of so many young players entering the league. Obsessed with dunking and pulling up from downtown, most players are no longer displaying a short jumper in the lane. "His mid-range game is really something he should get to," Scott told The News-Herald. "That's when he's the most dangerous. For him, he has that in his repertoire, and it's something he can do. I really want to encourage him to do that. He's getting better with it and more comfortable with it."
Analysis: Waiters ranks second among NBA rookies with a solid average of 14.7 points per game. He has also shined since his eight-game absence with an ankle injury and is shooting 40.7 percent from the floor, a significant increase from his 37.1 overall mark. "If he can't get to the basket, the 14- or 15-foot pull-up jump shot for him is perfect," Scott said. "He's not settling for so many 3s right now, which is really good. He's looking to be more aggressive right now and be in attack mode." Waiters is also surging in other categories (4.3 assists per game his last four) and should be activated in most Fantasy formats during his strong run.
News: As expected, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was able to get back on the court for Tuesday's game against the Raotors. Waiters, who had missed the past eight games with a sprained left ankle, earned his 18th start at shooting guard. He shot 4 of 13 over 28 minutes and scored eight points. He also had four assists in the game.
Analysis: Waiters was finally able to get back on the court Tuesday night and as expected was put right back into the starting lineup. The 21-year-old has been fairly productive during the early part of his rookie campaign as he is averaging 15.2 points, but only shooting 36 percent from the field. Fantasy owners should continue to Waiters as a low-end option with upside in most formats now that he is healthy again.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters (ankle) is slated to return for Tuesday's game against Toronto, but Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said Monday he is unsure if the rookie will start or come off the bench, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Waiters has missed the past eight games with a sprained left ankle, but reported no problems after participating in the team's shootaround Monday morning.
Analysis: Waiters' return will likely slash C.J. Miles' playing time and could force him back to the bench as the former Syracuse product has been an integral part of the Cavaliers' rebuilding project. He is averaging 15.2 points per game this season, but his scoring percentage has dipped recently as a result of settling for long jumpers and not driving to the basket. He hopes to change that aspect upon his return. "That's not really part of my game," Waiters said. "I can shoot, but I'm better attacking and finding the open guys and creating plays." Fantasy owners should activate Waiters only in deeper formats for Week 8 (Dec. 17-23) as he could take some time working back to full speed.
News: Cleveland coach Byron Scott said he expects guard Dion Waiters (ankle) to return to action Tuesday against Toronto. Waiters is likely to miss Saturday's game against New York but should return to action shortly after. Including Saturday, Waiters has missed seven games for Cleveland.
Analysis: Waiters is officially back to being day to day for the Cavaliers and hopefully he will return Tuesday against Toronto. Fantasy owners need to check back through Sunday just to make sure as they will have a decision to make as to whether or not to start Waiters in the upcoming scoring period. Waiters can be considered a viable option with upside in all formats when healthy. Cleveland plays four times in the upcoming scoring period.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was ruled out for Friday's contest against the Bucks as he continues to nurse a sprained left ankle. Waiters, who has now missed six straight games with his injury, remains listed as day to day.
Analysis: The Cavaliers are going to be very careful with their rookie as coach Bryon Scott told reporters last week that he would not bring Waiters back until he as 110 percent healthy. Fantasy owners will have to keep an eye on his status moving forward to see if he will be available heading into Week 8 (Dec. 17-23). Waiters can be considered a viable option with upside in all formats when healthy. Cleveland plays four times in the upcoming scoring period.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was once again ruled inactive for Wednesday's contest against the Pacers as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. Waiters has now missed sixth straight games with his ailment, but is still being considered day to day.
Analysis: Coach Byron Scott told reporters Waiters would not be brought back until he is 110 percent healthy, which means he could be out for a few more days. The Cavaliers are scheduled to play twice more in the upcoming scoring, but Waiters return likely won't happen until sometime during Fantasy Week 8 (Dec. 17-23). Owners should consider the 21-year-old a decent option in most formats when healthy.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters did not play Tuesday against the Lakers and coach Byron Scott said he won't bring him back until he's "110 percent" healthy, reports FOX Sports Ohio. Waiters is unlikely to make the trip to Indianapolis to play against the Pacers Wednesday. Waiters was still sporting a noticeable limp on that injured left ankle in practice on Monday.
Analysis: The Cavaliers have gotten back the services of starting point guard Kyrie Irving but will have to wait for Waiters and Irving to suit up in the same back court together. Waiters is likely to miss a couple more games yet, so Fantasy owners should continue to stash him in most formats.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters sported a noticeable limp in practice Monday as he continues to be hampered by a sprained left ankle. He is also dealing with a bone bruise, according to The News-Herald that has forced him to miss Cleveland's past four games. Waiters is currently listed as day to day, but reports indicate he is doubtful to play during Tuesday's contest against the Lakers.
Analysis: It appears the Cavaliers will have to wait for the reunion between Waiters and star point guard Kyrie Irving, who is expected to return from a finger injury on Tuesday. Waiters has shown minimal signs of improvement as he continues to favor his ankle when running on the court during practice. He is posting 15.2 points per game during his rookie campaign and should be reserved in most Fantasy formats while he recovers from injury.
News: Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters was out yet again Saturday against the Pistons, as he continues to deal with a sprained ankle. Coach Byron Scott told reporters before the game that he hopes to see Waiters back in the starting lineup Tuesday, when the Cavaliers will take on the Lakers at home.
Analysis: Waiters rookie season has been a mixed bag so far, as he is averaging 15.2 points per game but is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field. He was also adding 3.4 assists per game, while turning the ball over just 1.9 times per game. Waiters has more value in points-based Fantasy formats, and remains worth starting, when healthy.
News: Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters did not travel with the team to Minneapolis Thursday, meaning he will not play in Friday's game against the Timberwolves. This will be the third game in a row that Waiters has missed as a result of a sprained ankle suffered last week.
Analysis: Waiters has been all over the place as a rookie, scoring a strong 15.2 points per game, but shooting just 36.3 percent from the field. He has shown a knack for making plays for others, with 3.4 assists per game, with a relatively low 1.9 turnover-per-game average as well. We will continue to keep an eye on Waiters injury status moving forward, as he should be considered a worthy starting option in many Fantasy formats, despite his shooting struggles.
News: The Akron Beacon-Journal reports Wednesday that Cleveland guard Dion Waiters will miss Wednesday's game against Chicago. Waiters has an ankle injury and Daniel Gibson will start in his place.
Analysis: Waiters was injured Saturday against Portland and an MRI revealed he's dealing with a sprain. That said, it seems to be a bad sprain and it could be a few more days until he's able to return. He is averaging 15.1 points per game in the first 17 games of his career, but is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field. He is considered to be a decent Fantasy option in most formats when healthy.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters missed Monday's game at Detroit due to his injured ankle. Waiters was listed among the team's inactive players for the game. He hurt his left ankle Saturday against Portland and an MRI revealed a sprain. X-rays also came back negative and he's considered day to day.
Analysis: Waiters was limping pretty badly following his injury Saturday and the Cavaliers are going to take the cautious approach with their exciting young player. He may miss more than just the one game but should be back before too long. Waiters has been scoring well of late, but he's also been inefficient. He is averaging 15.1 points per game in the first 17 games of his career, but is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field. He is considered to be a decent Fantasy option in most formats when healthy.
News: The Cavaliers announced that guard Dion Waiters is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Pistons. Waiters suffered a left ankle sprain during Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers. The MRI results came back on Sunday and confirmed the sprain with no further damage. X-rays on the ankle also came back negative following the game.
Analysis: Waiters was noticeably limping after the game so we would expect the Cavaliers to take more of a cautious approach with their 20-year-old rookie. He flew with the team to Detroit and may be a game-time call, so we'll continue to monitor his progress moving forward. Waiters has been able to keep his scoring up at a solid level recently, but it has come at the cost of all efficiency. He is averaging 15.1 points per game in the first 17 games of his career, but is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field. He is considered to be a decent Fantasy option in most formats when healthy.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters struggled through another poor shooting night Saturday against the Trail Blazers, and things got even worse in overtime. Waiters connected on just 4 of 17 shot attempts in 36 minutes, and was forced to leave in double-overtime, after landing awkwardly on his left ankle. He was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and was unable to play in the final minute of Clevelands 118-117 loss. He scored 12 points, with five rebounds and seven assists, while adding two turnovers.
Analysis: Waiters has been able to keep his scoring up at a solid level recently, but it has come at the cost of all efficiency. He is averaging 15.1 points per game in the first 17 games of his career, but is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field. He is still shooting a decent 35.4 percent mark from three-point range with 3.4 assists per game, but his shooting percentages are killing you in category-based formats. X-rays on the ankle came back negative. Hopefully this injury does not prove serious, as Waiters should continue to be a decent Fantasy option in most formats when healthy.
News: After suffering a bruise on his left hand earlier in the week, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters showed no signs of the injury Friday night against the Hawks. He scored 21 points and dished out seven assists in the 113-111 win. He went 6 for 16 from the floor, including 2 for 7 from downtown, and made all seven of his free throws. Waiters, who played 30 minutes, also had one rebound while turning the ball over four times in the victory.
Analysis: Waiters has picked up his scoring of late and appears to be fine with his hand issue going forward after an MRI revealed no structural damage. He is averaging 18.6 points with 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals in the last five contests despite shooting just 36 percent over that span. The rookie is proving to be a viable option in his first year out of Syracuse and can continue to be utilized in most Fantasy formats at this point.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters was officially diagnosed with a contusion on his left hand after an MRI taken Wednesday revealed no structural damage. Waiters was forced to briefly leave Cleveland' loss to the Suns Tuesday night with his injury.
Analysis: Waiters only has a bruise on his hand and is expected to be fine moving forward. With Kyrie Irving already sidelined for another few weeks, the loss of Waiters for any extended amount of time would be devastating for the Cavaliers. Waiters has picked up his game up of late as he is averaging 17.6 points to go along with 4.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals over his last five games. He can be considered a viable option in most formats when healthy.
News: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured left hand Wednesday, the team announced following Tuesday's 91-77 loss to the Suns. Waiters was forced to briefly leave the game in the second quarter with his injury but returned after halftime. He finished with 16 points in the blowout loss on 7 for 20 shooting from the field. Waiters missed on all four of his 3-point attempts but did add seven assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block to his stat line, while logging 38 minutes of game action.
Analysis: There is no word on what exactly Waiters did to his hand but the team considers his injury serious enough to have him undergo an MRI. With Kyrie Irving already sidelined for another few weeks, the loss of Waiters for any extended amount of time would be devastating for the Cavaliers. Fantasy owners will have to keep an eye on the situation moving forward to see what the test reveals. Hopefully, it is nothing more than a bruise and the rookie can get right back on the court in time for Friday's contest against the Hawks. Waiters has picked up his game up of late as he is averaging 17.6 points to go along with 4.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals over his last five games. He can be considered a viable option in most formats when healthy.
News: After shooting just 24 percent in his previous four games, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters had a better shooting night against the Magic Friday. He led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting in the 108-104 loss. He went 4 for 11 from beyond the arc and converted all three of his free throws while playing 37 minutes. Waiters also chipped in with five assists, three rebounds and two steals in the defeat.
Analysis: Waiters has proven to be streaky so far in his rookie campaign but has also shown flashes of becoming a solid option in Fantasy. He is averaging 14 points with 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals in the previous five contests and would be more productive had it not been for the 28 shooting percentage he posted over that span. With Kyrie Irving out, Waiters should see his scoring go up so owners should consider adding the 20-year-old going forward.
News: Cavaliers rookie guard seems to be stuck in a bit of a slump, after shooting just 4 for 16 in a 103-95 loss to the Mavericks Saturday. Waiters still managed to score 16 points in the game, thanks to a 7 of 8 mark from the free-throw line, however he also shot just 1 for 4 on three-point attempts. Waiters added four rebounds and three assists, while turning the ball over just once.
Analysis: Waiters is shooting just 41.4 percent from the field on the season, and that mark has declined precipitously over the last week or so. Waiters is shooting just 26.3 percent from the field over his last three games, going back to last Sunday. Waiters is still averaging 14.7 points per game through the first nine games of his career, with at least on three-pointer made in each game, so it is hard to be upset with his overall production. Waiters is playing well for a rookie, and is at least worth starting in all category-based Fantasy leagues for his three-point shooting.
News: Cleveland guard Dion Waiters posted career highs in points (28) and rebounds (three) during the Cavaliers' 108-101 victory over the Clippers on Monday night. Waiters drained 7 of his 11 attempts from 3-point range, which also represented a career high in his fourth NBA game. He was 10 for 17 overall. "My teammate found me," he said, nodding his head in Kyrie Irving's direction, "and I was able to make shots. I was feeling good out there."
Analysis: Waiters, who was the fourth overall pick in the last NBA draft, offers plenty of scoring potential while running alongside Irving and has showcased that ability early in the season. He has posted an average of 16.3 points per game, but is also surrendering the ball at a rate of 2.3 turnovers a night. That mark will certainly need to improve to make him a reliable starter in the NBA and most Fantasy formats. At this point, he's worth using in deeper leagues as he's shown an early knack for connecting beyond the arc.
News: Cleveland starting guard Dion Waiters looked like an established veteran in his first NBA game Tuesday night against the Wizards. Waiters played 28 minutes in the starting lineup for the Cavaliers as he finished second on the team in scoring with 17 points in his NBA debut. He shot 6 of 14 from the field and hit two 3-pointers in five attempts. Waiters added two rebounds and three steals with three turnovers.
Analysis: Waiters was a start at Syracuse and may just become one in the NBA before long. He was all over the court for the Cavaliers in his first game and definitely didn't look overwhelmed. Coach Byron Scott has a lot of faith in Waiters and will turn him loose the better he plays. While we would expect Waiters to be go through the normal ups and downs most rookies that most rookies experience their first year in the league, he has enough upside to warrant starting in deeper formats right now.
News: Coach Byron Scott told reporters Monday that rookie guard Dion Waiters will start Tuesday's season opener against the Wizards at shooting guard. Waiters averaged 8.6 points, 2.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds in eight preseason games. "In the last week and a half, he did enough in practice," Scott said. "He's growing. He was fantastic in the scrimmage on Friday."
Analysis: Waiters has not had a very memorable preseason as he has had issues with his shooting and conditioning already. However, apparently Scott has seen enough from the 20-year-old to get him in the starting lineup right away. While we would expect Waiters to be go through the normal ups and downs most rookies that most rookies experience their first year in the league, he has enough upside to warrant starting in deeper formats. Consider Waiters a viable low-end option in those leagues heading into Fantasy Week 1 (Oct. 30-Nov. 4).
News: The News-Herald reported Friday that the Cavaliers are expected to start first-round pick Dion Waiters at shooting guard. Waiters will take the starting spot next to second-year star Kyrie Irving, as the Cavs will try to build around them for the future.
Analysis: Waiters has been up-and-down in the preseason, with 8.0 points and 2.2 assists per game on 36 percent shooting. The report indicates that his outside shooting has been an issue, after he shot 36.3 percent from three at Syracuse as a sophomore. We expected him to start from day one after the Cavaliers invested the No. 4 overall pick in him. Waiters might have an up-and-down season, but is worth targeting in the later rounds on Draft Day in most Fantasy leagues, with greater upside in long-term keeper formats.
News: The Cavaliers sign their two first-round picks Thursday, inking both No. 4 selection Dion Waiters as well as the No. 17 pick, Tyler Zeller. Terms of the deals have not yet been released, as per team policy.
Analysis: It was something of a surprise that Waiters went to Cleveland with the fourth pick, however the Cavaliers knew he was the guy they wanted and got him. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott has compared him to Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, which would certainly be a great fit next to Kyrie Irving. Waiters posted underwhelming numbers in his lone season at Syracuse, scoring 12.6 points with 2.5 assists per game while working as the Oranges sixth man. He fills an immediate need for Cleveland and should start from day one, making him one of the more intriguing Fantasy options among rookies. He will be worth a mid-to-late round flier in most Fantasy formats, with greater upside in long-term keeper leagues on Draft Day.