Saw this little diddy on NBA.com and felt like sharing it with the community. Pretty interesting numbers if you ask me, both are obviously going to be great players. I remember draft night though and everyone was so upset at how much a reach Waiters was, but he's turning out to be a great player. Anyways, thoughts?
Bradley Beal and Dion Waiters will always draw comparisons.
They were taken a pick apart in the 2012 Draft -- Beal went 3rd to the Wizards, followed by Waiters to the Cavs -- and both are seeing significant minutes on teams struggling in the East.
They both play shooting guard and both have had ups and downs in their first season.
Even their numbers are strikingly similar:
Waiters: 14.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 40.4 FG, 31.0 3FG
Beal: 13.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, .9 spg, 40.2 FG, 37.7 3FG
Despite the early struggles, things are starting to come together for both rookies.
In February, Beal has averaged 17.7 points while shooting an unreal 47.8 percent from the floor and hitting half of his 3-pointers (14-for-28).
The return of John Wall has been huge for Beal, who has helped the Wizards win seven of their last nine.
And Waiters has caught fire as well, averaging 19.8 points in his last five games, capped off by a 26-point night in a loss to Miami and a 25-point showing in Tuesday's win over the Bulls.
It didn't look like it early in the season, but Waiters and Beal are finally showing the potential earned them Top 5 picks last summer.
I really like both these guys and for the sake of the SG position I hope that one of them really takes off. I am more of a Beal fan than Waiters as I am a big fan of his jump-shot and like his ability to move without the ball.
meanwile, shout out to joewolf who said waiter was going to adverage 14 pts a game while shooting 39% from the field, thats pretty damn close haha
joewolf also said he wouldn't have had spent the 4th pick on a chubby chucker aka waiters............. however..... beal has likely shut my mouth for the rest of this season... I personally thought he was overrated coming out of college... and im still not sure if he was worth the 3rd pick.... but hes come a long way this yr
listen i had this battle in the beginning of the year. If anyone still thinks that Dion shouldnt of been taken fourth are nothing but sour grapes. You were wrong he is legit the man can flat out score and is super exciting exactly what Cleveland needs right now! The Harrison argument has run its course and its finished enough already! Dion will score around 20 a game next year.
beal is better but waiters is no slouch. give beal wall and he is the man. waiters has had more games playing with irving whom the defenses prepare for. with the ball they are about the same. beal is better without the ball.