Mar 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters (3) shoots in the first half of the finals in the east region of the 2012 NCAA men

NBA Draft Profile: Dion Waiters

Over the next week we will be taking a look at various and realistic draft possibilities for the Chicago Bulls. 

Waiters has the tools to be a top NBA shooting guard. The question now is where will he go?

NAME: Dion Waiters

AGE: 21

HT: 6’4″

POS: Shooting Guard

COLLEGE: Syracuse

HIGHLIGHTS: Ranked 15th on ESPNU’s Top High School players in the country, Named AP Honorable All-American in 2011.

PROS: Waiters is a scorer and that’s what teams love about him. He’s really athletic and has the ability to either compliment a point guard like John Wall or Derrick Rose but he may also be able to be a Russell Westbrook type player. The offensive tools are there and with development Waiters could be a stud.

CONS: The biggest knock on Waiters is his defense. All he played at Syracuse was Zone and teams aren’t really sure how well he will play in other more widely used defenses in the NBA.

IS HE A FIT IN CHICAGO: Among the shooting guards options that will be available for the Bulls at 29th overall Waiters is the best option. Even if the Bulls trade up to the lottery Waiters still might be the best overall option for the Bulls and very well may be the second best shooting guard in the draft next to Bradley Beals. It’s a tight race for who’s second best to Beals but Waiters needs to be considered.

If he were to come to Chicago he would be able to provide the No. 2 option that the Bulls have been looking for. He may also be able to stretch his legs at point guard as well with Rose being out for more than half of next season. There are questions about his defensive ability in schemes other than the zone but at Syracuse he helped build that team as a team that is unselfish and can defend multiple positions. Remember how Taj Gibson was making us drool by stretching his defense and defending multiple positions in the front court? Waiters very well could do that for the backcourt.

BOTTOM LINE: Waiters potential is accurately represented in how he’s inflated his draft stock from the end of the NCAA season to now. Waiters was initially a late first round pick and has worked his way up to now possibly being a lottery pick and isn’t projected to fall past 18th overall. He’s got great work ethic and he’s extremely athletic; whoever ends up with him in the draft has a player who can very well become a top shooting guard in the NBA.

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