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Cavaliers Take Syracuse’s Dion Waiters With No. 4 Pick

Dion Waiters shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected number four overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. (credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dion Waiters shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected number four overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. (credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Syracuse guard Dion Waiters with the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA draft.

The Cavs envision Waiters as a perimeter scorer and backcourt running mate for point guard Kyrie Irving, last year’s No. 1 overall pick who didn’t disappoint this season and was named rookie of the year.

Waiters didn’t start a single game last season for the Orange, averaging 12.6 points in 37 games. At 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, he’s not afraid to drive to the basket and many feel he’s got a pro-ready game.

Despite numerous rumors the Cavs were trying to trade with Charlotte and move up to No. 2 and select guard Bradley Beal, but a deal never materialized.

The Cavs also own the No. 24 overall pick and two selections in the second round (Nos. 33 and 34).

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