Dion Waiters had a career-high 28 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 108-101 win at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
Waiters showcased his ability to create his own offense, which is what the Cavaliers sought when they drafted him fourth overall to pair with Kyrie Irving.
“This is what we were thinking, that we had another guy who could make plays and could score and also find other guys, beat people off the dribble, create for himself, create for teammates,” Byron Scott said. “It’s exactly what we were thinking about.”
Waiters shot just 36 percent on 3-pointers last season at Syracuse, but he has started his NBA career making 55 percent (11 of 20).
“I was feeling good,” Waiters said. “They kept giving me the ball and I was able to knock down shots.”
Waiters appears to be growing more comfortably playing alongside Irving.
“I thought they came of age the last game (at Milwaukee) and they’re just getting better,” Scott said. “They’re still getting used to each other. They still haven’t played together that much, but it’s starting to come along a lot better than I thought.”