The Diff: Making sense of Dion Waiters’ present and future

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I shared some stats after the Browns’ depressing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. This week, I’m talking at length about Dion Waiters. Dion Waiters is the most polarizing player on

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NBA Rookie Rankings: Lillard vs. Kidd and Payton, Waiters can’t finish

No Cavs player is more polarizing among the WFNY crew than Dion Waiters (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

With the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with

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Jared Sullinger comes home with stories to tell

As he comes back to Ohio for the first time since leaving Thad Matta and his teammates at The Ohio State University, Jared Sullinger speaks of the few wake-up calls he has had during his young career as a power forward in the NBA. It was not much into his Sullinger’s season when teammate and future Hall-of-Famer

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WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2012: #10 Buckeyes March To Final Four in New Orleans

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2012 was one crazy year in the wild wacky world of Cleveland Sports. Some would tell you 2012 was as bad as it has ever been here. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last four years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the 10

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Report: Former Buckeye William Buford to work out for Chicago Bulls

From Bob Baptist- Undrafted free agent William Buford had workout with Chicago Bulls this morning, per @JordanStrack. #buckeyes#buckbk — Bob Baptist (@BBaptistHoops) July 2, 2012 Buford was ranked 51st by Draft Express, but was not one of 60 players to hear their name called on draft night. Meanwhile, former teammate Jared Sullinger was introduced as

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2012 NBA Draft: Buckeye Jared Sullinger goes 21st to Boston Celtics

Jared Sullinger seemed to be paying a steep price for having some injuries as a sophomore. The Buckeyes star fell so far in a year that he wasn’t even invited to the draft because he wasn’t expected to go in the top 15. Well Sullinger did end up outside of the top 15 as the

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OSU’s Jared Sullinger Not Invited to NBA Draft Green Room

This is not hyperbole right now. I’m not sure Ohio State has had a player with higher character than Jared Sullinger since Thad Matta took over. First round draft picks rarely need sympathy, nor to be hyped up, and it’s tough to feel bad for a guy who is about to be very rich playing

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Cavaliers to bring in Sullinger, Melo for workouts

The Cavaliers are expected to bring in Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger on Friday for a workout. No doubt all eyes will be on his red-flagged back. When Sullinger scheduled the workout with the Cavs, he was probably hoping the team might consider him with the fourth pick. That dream has sailed. Now, I’m

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Jared Sullinger “red flagged” by NBA doctors

Jared Sullinger spent some time injured this year for Ohio State. Now, if NBA doctors are correct, he might be dogged by injuries for a bit longer. Specifically, NBA doctors were concerned about an area of Sullinger’s back. According to Sullinger’s father in a conversation with ESPN’s Andy Katz, it isn’t that big of a

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Deshaun Thomas Announces Return to Ohio State Basketball Team

The Ohio State University formally announced today that forward Deshaun Thomas will return next year for his junior season for the men’s basketball team. Thomas, a 6-foot-7 starter, blossomed in February and March for the Buckeyes on the team’s path to the Final Four. He is expected to be a key offensive option for head

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Sullinger Departs Ohio State, But Not Without Accomplishing Plenty

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You could see it in Jared Sullinger’s eyes the instant Aaron Craft committed the lane violation and the clock soon after expired in the Superdome, his Buckeye career was over. Sullinger announced yesterday that he was leaving Columbus and heading for the NBA Draft. A likely top five pick last season, Sullinger returned for another shot

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While We’re Waiting … Tribe Opening Day, Expected Value of Tanking, Post-Hollins Struggles

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While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. The DiaTribe features its annual player/song matches to get folks psyched for today’s opener: “[T]o lighten the mood before Game #1 – the annual

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Jared Sullinger turning pro after sophomore season

After a move the surprised a few people in returning to Ohio State for his sophomore season, Jared Sullinger has decided to make himself available in the NBA draft. Sullinger and Buckeyes coach Thad Matta are expected to appear at a news conference at 2:15 p.m. ET Wednesday at Value City Arena, on the Ohio

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Jayhawks End OSU’s Final Four Journey

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In the first half, the Buckeyes were in complete control and the Kansas Jayhawks had no answer for their shot-making and defensive ferocity. The problem? The Buckeyes’ momentum and edge stayed in the halftime locker room as the Jayhawks came back from 13 down to pull out a 64-62 victory to advance to the Championship

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Final Four Thoughts: Buckeyes Must Remain True To Their Style Of Play

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As fans get set for a fantastic pair of games tonight between Kentucky and Louisville and, of course, Ohio State and Kansas, I’d like to take a little time to talk about just how great it is that the Buckeyes are here and how truly unexpected it is given some of their shortcomings this season.

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Two Sides Of The Final Four: Breaking Down The Key Points Of Kansas vs. Ohio State

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You’ve got two great teams. Two great coaches. Two First Team All-Americans. Two #2 Seeds. Kansas and Ohio State. A pair that met earlier in the season but aren’t even close to being the same teams they were on that December day in Lawrence. While we are on the theme of two, at WFNY you’ve

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Buckeyes Regroup, Craft and Sullinger Send Bucks to Elite 8

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You wouldn’t know it by the halftime score or the final score, but the Buckeyes were fighting for their tournament lives for most of the second half. The Cincinnati Bearcats got hot shooting the basketball, and the Buckeyes relaxed with a big lead, turned the ball over repeatedly, and went offensively silent all at the

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Box Score: (2) Ohio State 81, (6) Cincinnati 66

Despite the final score, the Buckeyes got a real scare tonight. Ohio State used a 20-point first-half effort from Deshaun Thomas to build a 12-point halftime lead. UC came firing out of the second half gate and took a 4-point lead just before the midway point of the second half. It took a burst of

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The Sweet Sixteen and the NBA Draft: Cuse, OSU, Marquette, and Baylor

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With the Sweet 16 upon us and the end of the NBA season rapidly approaching (didn’t it seem like this season last like a month?), this will be your (and NBA scouts for that matter) last few chances to see some of the top prospects play real competition. I have never been a “workout” guy.

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