(INDEPENDENCE) – The two newest members of the Cleveland Cavaliers were introduced on Friday afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic Courts. Syracuse guard and No. 4 overall pick Dion Waiters, along with North Carolina center Tyler Zeller were on hand for the introductory press conference.
Waiters, 20, played at Syracuse and averaged 12.6 points per game and two assists per contest.
Zeller, 22, averaged 12.8 points per game with UNC, along with 6.7 rebounds per contest.
Both Waiters and Zeller donned their new wine and gold Cavaliers uniforms alongside head coach Byron Scott and general manager Chris Grant at the press conference.
Waiters was selected No. 4 overall by the Cavs, while Zeller was acquired via a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. The Cavaliers traded their No. 24, 33 and 34 picks for the No. 17 pick. Zeller was selected by the Mavericks at No. 17, the pick was then made official at the conclusion of the second round.
While at Syracuse, Waiters was named the Big East Sixth Man of Year. Waiters did not work out for the Cavaliers, but the team wanted a guard who could solidify the backcourt with Rookie of the Year point guard Kyrie Irving.
Waiters has been labeled a physically gifted player by scouts with a strong frame. His good instincts coupled with his aggressive play in transition makes him a versatile player. Waiters is good in pick-and-rolls and has a developing shot. He’s been scouted as an average defender.
Zeller is a true 7-footer that runs the floor well and has exceptional hands.
Members of the Cleveland media, the Cavaliers organization and family members for both Waiters and Zeller were on hand for the introductory press conference.
Free agency for the NBA begins on Sunday, July 1.
- Nick Camino