Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith are both thriving in the playoffs
Wrote about Dion and J.R. Smith being headaches no more:
On January 5, 2015, the Cleveland Cavaliers were on the road to face the Philadelphia 76ers. For Dion Waiters, it was supposed to be a big homecoming game. He was in the starting lineup in his hometown with a bunch of family and friends in attendance and went through pre-game introductions before being pulled aside by Cavs; official Raja Bell.
The Cavs, as Waiters was about to find out at the worst possible time, had made a three-team deal that would send Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert coming to Cleveland and picks heading to the Knicks.
The Waiters trade had probably been coming a while before it actually went down. From the day he was drafted out of Syracuse, Waiters never really seemed to fit in Cleveland. He flashed some serious potential but didn’t mesh well with Kyrie Irving, another ball-dominant guard, partially because he was trying to do much and partially because he was too hard-headed to realize it. When LeBron came back to Cleveland, Waiters was then pushed into an auxiliary role where he needed to catch-and-shoot instead of driving with the ball in his hands. His role — which he never really accepted — made him a running joke, destined to live in infamy courtesy of a six second loop.