Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dion Waiters grew up playing basketball wherever he could. He played his first high school game as a junior at Life Center Academy. By the end of his senior year, he ESPNU had him pegged as the 15th best recruit in the nation. From the many schools offering, Dion chose Syracuse. He played two years with the Orangemen. After his sophomore year he won Big East Sixth Man of the Year and earned third team All-Big East honors. Dion declared for the 2012 NBA Draft.
There were reasons to doubt Dion's draft potential. He didn't take part in workouts before the draft. He didn't start in college and played in a zone defensive scheme at Syracuse. Still, the Cleveland Cavaliers took waiters with the fourth pick of the draft. After his rookie year, Dion placed fifth in Rookie of the Year voting. In the middle of the 2015 season, Dion was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the 2016 offseason, he signed with the Miami Heat. Dion's time with the Heat has been hampered by injury. Nonetheless, Miami has big plans for Dion. Under a new contract, they await his return to full strength.
- In 2014, Dion protested the national anthem, remaining in the locker room. Reasons as to why have been disputed
- Dion attended three high schools in two years (his freshman and sophomore years) never playing a minute for either high school squad
- While playing for OKC, Dion lost his little brother to a night of violence on the streets of Philadelphia that claimed 6 lives by daybreak
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