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Dion Waiters: I’m coming…I’ll be the best shooting guard in the NBA

I’m coming. I just feel as though I’m next up as far as shooting guards. If you look around, you know, Kobe [Bryant] and [Dwyane] Wade and those guys, they paved the way for a player like me and they’re almost done. It’s not like that, but I’m just saying, I’m coming. I just want everybody to know that. […] Without a doubt, I really believe that [I’ll eventually be the best shooting guard in the NBA]. This year, I’m going to show a lot of people who doubted me and still doubt me. I’m going to show them. And I don’t need praise and all of that. I just want to be respected. I’m coming. That’s all I have to say. I’ve taken my work ethic to another level and I feel as though I still have something to prove. So, watch out.

— Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters in a recent interview with HOOPSWORLD. In 2012, Waiters averaged 14.7 points per game, ranking second among all rookies. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie first team and recently took part in Team USA play in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-4-inch Waiters is expected to be one of the Cavaliers’ key contributors as the team sets their eyes on the first postseason birth since the departure of LeBron James in 2010. “I’ve been in the gym constantly,” says Waiters of his offseason. “Two or three times a day, I’ve been working on my game. I’ve been playing a lot more. I was in L.A. playing with guys out there. I was in Las Vegas. I’m just trying to get it, man. We have a big year coming up and I need to be ready for my team and the organization.”

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