Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will miss at least the next two weeks after which he will be re-evaluated, having suffered a pectineus tear. Waiters was off to a strong offensive start to open the season while averaging 14.2 points per game en route to starting 16 of the Heat’s 17 contests thus far.
Waiters’ 16 games started is second on the team only to center Hassan Whiteside.
Signed by the Heat in July as a potential replacement at the shooting guard spot following Dwyane Wade’s departure, Waiters played in 78 games last season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the most he has played in any single season of his career. However, despite his role primarily off the bench for the Thunder, he averaged a career-low 9.8 points per game.
To open 2016-2017, he is pouring in 14.2 points per game while averaging 3.8 three-point attempts per contest, which is on pace to become a new career-high. His average of four assists and 3.4 rebounds would also set new career-highs as he is playing the most minutes of his career – 31.8 per game at the time of his injury.
Waiters spent two seasons at Syracuse, mainly coming off the bench, before declaring for the NBA Draft when he was taken fourth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012. He started 48 games as a rookie as the Cavaliers were attempting to re-build from the departure of LeBron James, just for him to return, which would ultimately spell the end of Waiters’ tenure with the franchise. Dealt to Oklahoma City, Waiters has spent the past season and a half with the Thunder where he averaged 10.9 points per game.