Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Neophyte shooting guard Dion Waiters has set lofty goals for the upcoming season: Win the Rookie of the Year trophy and carry the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the playoffs.
“Making the playoffs is the biggest thing, but I’m definitely thinking about winning Rookie of the Year. I have to put the work in and earn it though. It’s not just going to be given to me. I have to earn it and that’s something that I’m going to try to do, game in and game out,” Waiters told Hoopsworld.
The Cavaliers surprised everyone, including Waiters himself, by taking the former Syracuse standout as fourth overall pick in the recent NBA Draft to play alongside last year’s Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.
“I can’t say that I saw it coming. I can’t even tell you how everything went down. I thought it’s a great fit and a great opportunity. I was excited to go top five. The draft process was cool. I think I was only in Chicago for about five or six hours, but I enjoyed it a lot,” Waiters said.
The 6-4 Waiters added that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best team to start his professional career, since he will be playing alongside Irving, whom he considers as good friend.
The two developed a close friendship after participating in several basketball camps and tournaments and Waiters is excited playing with him in the backcourt for the Cavaliers this season.
“Potential wise, the sky is the limit for us. We’re still young and we’re still getting better every day. When we get on the court, it’s all about how we can make each other better. We’re going to push each other,” said Waiters about Irving.
Waiters believes that his partnership with Irving could start a new era for the franchise that has not made the playoffs since LeBron James packed his bags and moved to the Miami Heat in 2010.