Even though Syracuse product Dion Waiters has only played for three teams, some of the players on Dion's list of former teammates is astounding. Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and of course, Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
Waiters was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012, playing there for three seasons, managing to team with LeBron for one and a half of those seasons before being shipped off to Oklahoma City, where he teamed with KD and Westbrook for a further one and a half seasons. Waiters now plays for the Miami Heat, re-signing with the team on a 4 year/$52 million contract.
Dion appeared on FS1's The Herd in front of Colin Cowherd, and was asked about his playing time with the former MVP's, specifically about their personalities and how they differ as players. Here's what Waiters had to say.
“LeBron is so locked into the game, basketball is everything to him. He knew everybody’s plays and things like that. He’s a teacher’s teacher. He’s a coach on the floor, he’s a teacher on the floor, and that’s what helped me. KD is more of a ‘lead by example’ guy. LeBron was a vocal leader, Kev was more of a lead by example. I was closer to Kev, because Kev understood me. You know we came from the same area, the same places. I bought into it more with Kev, because he really took me under the wing when I first got there. Before I even stepped off the plane, after being traded to Oklahoma City, he was the first guy that texted me.”
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It seems playing with two of the greatest small forwards of all-time has paid off for Waiters, who had a career-year with the Heat this past season. The shooting guard averaged 15.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on the season, his scoring and his extreme confidence some of the main reasons Miami decided they wanted him back.