Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters had the best game of any rookie at the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge. He was taken to school by fellow rookie Bradley Beal at times, but he was dynamite on offense. On the same day he hung out with fellow Philadelphia native Meek Mill – Waiters truly did ball hard.
Coming in midway through the first half, Waiters came out looking for his shot. On one of his first possessions, he was scored on easily. But turning up the aggression almost instantly, Waiters went on the attack the next possession, scoring a layup in the process. His next shot was not so pretty, as he bricked it from mid-range. But from there, Waiters played some of the best basketball I have ever seen him play.
On a few of the next possessions, Waiters continued to attack the basket. On one possession, he took a nice pass from the Bobcats Kemba Walker and finished strong. He ran the long side of the floor and put in a nice alley-oop layup. Later in the game, when it turned into a glorified dunk contest, Waiters threw down a nice dunk that was booed by the fans. For the night, Waiters finished with 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting – good for the game’s third highest scoring total. Out of his Cavalier teammates, Waiters had the second highest point total behind Irving’s 32.
This is exactly the kind of basketball I would like to see Waiters play on a nightly basis. He was aggressive, tried to get to the rim and did not settle for any long jumpers. If he can carry this performance over to the second half of the season, then Waiters star really may be rising.