Dion Waiters to surpass Eric Gordon
Coming into the league no one was sold on Dion Waiters being selected in the Top 5 to Cleveland. Although he is coming along better than expected, the views of him are a bit of a seesaw effect to where people like him 1 minute or the next they don't.
I believe he should be in comparison talks with Eric Gordon as of now. Combine time both were almost identical in ranking from this site.
Eric Gordon 6'3'' 222
- Athleticism - 10
- Size - 6
- Defense - 7
- Strength - 10
- Quickness - 8
- Leadership - 8
- Jump Shot - 9
- NBA Ready - 8
- Ball Handling - 7
- Potential - 9
- Passing - 7
- Intangibles - 8
- Overall - 97
Dion Waiters 6'4'' 215
- Athleticism - 9
- Size - 7
- Defense - 8
- Strength - 9
- Quickness - 7
- Leadership - 8
- Jump Shot - 8
- NBA Ready - 8
- Ball Handling - 8
- Potential - 7
- Passing - 7
- Intangibles - 7
- Overall - 93
At one point and time Gordon was looked upon as an elite SG around the league. Right now I don't know if the nagging injuries got to him or not, but he isn't that physical guy I seen coming into the league that was very aggressive. He still can get to the rack when he wants but I don't see the same EG that was a bit of a bully with a little blur.
From the way things are going on a decline for EG, I cannot help but to say Waiters will surpass him in the mold of what he was supposed to max out at.
I dont think so. Gordon is a better shooter and does not chuck shots up like Waiters. Im not saying Waiters wont improve, but I just do not feel they are similar players. Waiters is more of a slashing guard who can pass better than Gordon. I feel that the most comparable player to EG is Beal. I think Beal will end up being better than both Waiters and Gordon at the end of the day.
I'm not sure Gordon is that much better a shooter. I guess he is better from downtown, but Waiters is better from mid-range. Gordon in his second year in the league shot 0.3% better from downtown than Waiters and almost certainly was worse from mid range (Waiters was really good on long-twos late in the season). Gordon did take more threes, rather than mid-range jumpers, so his shot selection was better.
Gordon was a better finisher at the rim, though, and was clearly the superior player at the same point in his career. People forget how good Gordon was before he got injured. Neither Beal nor Waiters are as talented as Gordon was pre-injury. I do think that now both Beal and Waiters will surpass Gordon, whose career is not going well.
I think if you compare Beal, Gordon and Waiters that they are all in the same ballpark in terms of talent.
I think that I would say that Gordon has the most talent, but his injury history makes him the least desirable of the three.
At at this point, Beal and Waiters seem to have a much better chance of reaching their ceilings and that would make them better than Gordon is now.
Gordon had a minor knee injury that sat him down towards the end of the season. He had a minor surgery (similar to Joakim Noah's) to clean up his knee. He should have the whole off-season to train.
I'm interested to see how he looks next season.
I still think Jeremy Lamb when it's all said and done he will be better then them.
So much talk during the off season on the threads about Eric Gordan being a top 3 SG in the league. I finally watched a few of his games this season. I don't understand why he got so much hype. He looks still plenty athletic to me, but skill wise he is just a 3's and D guy.
I wish he were aggressive with the ball like he was younger.
i woudl take waiters over gordon if i was putting a team togethor. just personal opinion. i woudl love to have waiters as my 6th man becuase he can shoot and handle the ball
I just won't invest on a player that can't string together several seasons wherein he didn't have to miss a chunk of the season. Waiters has a lot of potential; reminds me of a Poor man's Wade. He's a great slasher but he doesn't finish like Wade nor does he play defense like him. Same height but he has a slight size advantage because of his thicker body. Make no mistake, Wade is still a stronger player overall; just being able to take hits and finish plays and defend the post against the top SGs in the league.
Dion Waiters is only 22 and both his shooting and defense improved this season.
I think the injuries have taken their toll on Gordon. He was better than Waiters, and may have been better than Waiters will be, but he isn't anymore.
Not sure what Beal has to do with this topic, but he's obviously very good two. Better shooter than the others, but really a different player than Waiters.