Although the Heat haven’t indicated they want Dion Waiters coming off the bench, the idea has been raised by fans since he came to Miami more than a year ago. But Waiters has a message for those who think the team would be better off if he were on the bench at the start of the game: “I’m a starter in this league, man, that’s who I am. We’re going to nip that in the bud right now. I’m not coming off no bench.” Waiters, 25, has played both roles in his career, starting 110-of-289 games with Cleveland and Oklahoma City before coming to Miami. But Waiters admitted he is not comfortable as a reserve. “I never liked the role,” he said before the Heat’s practice Friday in Mexico City. “I just had to accept it.” Miami plays Brooklyn tonight (6 p.m.) at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. And the numbers show he plays better as a starter, averaging 15.3 points and shooting .414 (.351 on threes) compared to 11.6 points on .410 shooting (.333 on threes) as a reserve in his career. He averages 1.2 assists more a game (3.4 compared to 2.2) as a starter. In Miami, he has started all but three of his 68 games, and those were the first three he played after missing 20 because of a groin injury last season. Waiters’ numbers are down, though not drastically, this season from 2016-17, a year that earned him a four-year, $52 million contract from Miami.
Dion Waiters: 'I'm not coming off no bench'
Palm Beach Post | Dec 9