Two-thirds of the way through his rookie season, Dion Waiters is finally learning how to drive in the NBA.
He is finally attacking the basket the way the Cavs have wanted him to since drafting him fourth overall. He has all but eliminated the 3-point shot and focused on getting to the basket with regularity.
The results are evident.
He is shooting 59 percent in his past six games and 51 percent in the past month, when nearly half of his shots (52-of-106) have come from within 3 feet of the basket. He has only attempted 18 3-pointers in his last 11 games.
“I feel that one of my strengths is going to the basket,” Waiters said. “I feel nobody can stop me but me going to the basket.”
Just as important as getting to the basket is finishing, and the shots are finally starting to drop. Entering tonight’s game at the Orlando Magic, Waiters is making 62 percent of his shots on drives to the rim.
As a result, his overall numbers are on the rise. Waiters’ 14.2 points average ranks second among rookies and his overall field-goal percentage is up to 40 percent, ranking him fifth among rookie guards (minimum five attempts per game).
Dion Waiters improving his shot selection and his shooting percentage
Akron Beacon Journal | Feb 23