The Sickest Athletes of the 2012 NBA Draft
Our eight favorite NBA draft picks, and the highlight videos that prove why they deserve multi-million-dollar contracts.
Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers) 4th pick overall
Weight: 215 lbs.
Considered one of the biggest shockers on draft night, Dion Waiters went 4th overall to the Cavaliers, despite the fact that he came off the bench for two years at Syracuse. Nonetheless, Waiters possesses a polished offensive game, and gets to the basket at will thanks to some seriously quick feet. His coach at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, went as far as comparing him to Dwyane Wade, in his ability to slash to the hoop and finish with either hand. How close Waiters actually comes to that lofty comparison is yet to be told.
Waiters doesn’t have great size for a shooting guard, and will likely have to make it as a combo-guard playing on a team that already has Kyrie Irving running the point. While that would leave Cleveland undersized in the backcourt if Waiters starts, the dude clearly plays bigger than his height, and has the strength to go head-to-head with other NBA “tweener” guards and come out on top. Waiters still needs to work on his decision making if he wants to play a vital part on an emerging Cavs squad.