The more respectable part is important. It’s not like Waiters has developed into an efficiency monster — 104 players are shooting better from the field than him this season — but he’s gotten to a point where he’s a difference maker on a team in desperate need of a secondary playmaker. Take notice to how the Heat are averaging 106.5 points per 100 possession with him on the court, which is as good as the Hornets, Thunder and Pacers. Without him, their offense collapses to a Mavericks-like 103.9 points per 100 possessions. (That difference could look more dramatic with the end of the regular season approaching as Waiters continues to sit out with an ankle injury. He has missed the Heat’s last six games.)
He’s developed great chemistry with Goran Dragic in particular by giving him a catch-and-shoot option when he forces defenses to collapse. 20.8 percent of Waiters’ offense this season comes from spot-up opportunities, where he averages 1.12 points per possession to rank in the 78.9 percentile. For context, that’s a better mark than a number of sharpshooters including Danny Green, Trevor Ariza, Seth Curry and Lou Williams.
At the risk of piling on, there just has been so little that has gone well for Dolan in the last month. He cut Phil Jackson loose just ahead of the draft, and is now on the hook for $24 million of Jackson’s salary. He was pursuing a quality replacement for Jackson, ex-Cavs GM David Griffin, but Dolan would not cede full control of the front office to Griffin, leading Griffin to pull himself out of consideration for the job — worse, the whole thing leaked into public view.
In the meantime, the rudderless Knicks made a four-year, $71 million offer to Tim Hardaway Jr., a player the Knicks once traded away for the since-departed Jerian Grant. Now, in one final Cheap Hockey Jerseys nail in a coffin of a summer, the Knicks are in the process of giving away Carmelo Anthony, the guy Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys who represents the most significant transaction of the franchise’s last decade and a half.