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Dion Waiters Is The Heart And Soul Of The Miami Heat

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Earlier this week, several reports were stating that Dion Waiters decided to re-sign with the Miami Heat. In fact, according to ESPN, ” Dion Waiters has agreed to terms on a four-year, $52 million deal to return to the Miami Heat”. Although people are lamenting that the team had to settle for Waiters after missing out on Gordon Hayward; one could argue that Waiters is the perfect complement to Goran Dragic.

Throughout last season, the Miami Heat incorporated an offensive system centered around the pick and roll. For instance, Goran Dragic or Dion Waiters is supposed to bring the ball up to the three-point line and then a big man would set a screen. Once the pick was set Dragic or Waiters would pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, Dragic or Waiters would go over it and take the wide-open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, Dragic or Waiters would go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he would score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not.

Unfortunately, there were many possessions where Goran Dragic would choose to become a spot up shooter instead of attacking the basket. For instance, he brings the ball up to the three-point shot and proceeds to pass the ball to Waiters; once that happens, he stays in the same spot or goes to one of the corners to wait for the ball to get back to him and shoot it possibly. On the other hand, there are some possessions where he shoots the ball before the big man even begins to set the screen.

Due to this, re-signing Dion Waiters was vital for the Miami Heat because he is willing and capable of going into attack mode when Dragic doesn’t want to. For instance, whenever Dion receives the ball, he will call for the screen. Once the pick was set Dragic or Waiters would pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, Dragic or Waiters would go over it and take the wide-open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, Dragic or Waiters would go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he would score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not. However, on occasion, he will try to get around the defender without a screen by using his speed but if he can’t; Waiters will hop back and shoot a step back jumper.

In conclusion, Dion Waiters can be described as the heart and soul as well as the engine of the Miami Heat.

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