Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has decided to move rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters to a bench role. Waiters, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, lost his starting job to C.J. Miles.
Miles has been hot of late for Cleveland, providing a barrage of makes from beyond the arc. He has outplayed Waiters of recent but a bench role isn’t a mystery for the guard.
Waiters never saw a start in his two-year career with the Orange of Syracuse University, but boy was he an offensive presence to deal with in the second unit.
Byron Scott has hinted at a more balanced attack with the change.
“I think our first unit seemed to move the ball a little bit more, Dion was accustomed to coming off the bench last year and we’ll see how that works. I’ve watched it in practice the last two days, it seemed to work pretty good especially in the scrimmage. The white team beat the red team the first scrimmage we had Monday.
“I just want to see how that dynamic works as far as him coming off the bench and putting the ball in his hands a little more.”
Waiters was drafted to compliment dynamic point guard Kyrie Irving. They are shying away from the pairing of the two as nothing more than an experiment in light of Miles’ recent success. Scott did note that the move would not be permanent.
“Like I told Dion, this is not permanent. I still have to figure out what’s the best for the team. Not the individual, what’s the best for the team. That’s the most important part.”
Waiters and the Cavaliers stand at the bottom of the standings in the Eastern Conference sitting on a 7-26 record. As a young inexperienced team with Kyrie Irving as their glimmer of hope, a lot of expectation has been set on the former Orangeman.
They just might be looking at another lottery pick as they continue to rebuild and compliment their core players.
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