Dion Waiters has gained a reputation of being a bit of a chucker during his first two NBA seasons, and despite the Cavaliers adding LeBron James and Kevin Love in free agency this summer, he has yet to curb his high-volume shooting.
Waiters has led the Cavaliers in field goal attempts in all five of the team’s preseason games, and head coach David Blatt knows that probably isn’t the best way to maximize the weapons on what should be one of the league’s most explosive offensive units.
Head coach David Blatt was asked about Waiters’ rapid field goal attempts and the coach paused, making sure he chose his words carefully before responding.
“I was thinking about that at halftime, actually,” Blatt said. “Remember that we didn’t play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that’s what he does.
“I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will.”
Waiters isn’t just leading the Cavaliers; he’s seventh in the entire league in total field goal attempts during the preseason, despite logging just 27 minutes per contest.
Blatt knows that Waiters getting up the bulk of his team’s shots is not the path to a championship season. He’s not making a huge issue out of it now, nor should he. But it is something he’ll need to address moving forward once the games begin to count for real in a couple of weeks, and it sounds as though he’s planning on doing exactly that.