The Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters has played in the backcourt throughout his career, but has largely been situated at the shooting guard slot. However, he recently made it clear on social media that wants to play at at the point guard position.
Waiters, who has yet to play this season, is set to begin his seventh NBA season. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent a little over two seasons. In January 2015, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder before eventually signing with the Heat as a free agent during the summer of 2016.
In the latter part of that first season with the Heat, Waiters suffered an ankle injury that never fully healed. After then signing a four-year contract with the Heat in July 2017, he attempted to play through the pain. That effort ended in January, when he underwent season-ending surgery on his left ankle that was expected to keep him out from eight to 10 months,
That timetable had some setbacks along the way, which is why the veteran has yet to play at either guard slot this year. He continues rehabilitation of that ankle, though there’s currently no indication of exactly when he’ll return.
In his previous two seasons with the Heat, Waiters has managed to play in just 76 games, starting 73 of those contests. He’s averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds.