BOCA RATOMN – Dion Waiters is not a fan of preseason rankings.
The Miami Heat guard took offense to Sports Illustrated list of the top 100 players in the NBA, one on which Waiters was not ranked.
ESPN wasn’t much kinder to Waiters, ranking him as the 98th best player in the league.
“We all know there’s not 100 players better than me in the league, man,” Waiters said from Heat training camp at FAU on Wednesday. “I don’t pay that no mind. That’s bulls***.”
Waiters, who re-signed with the Miami Heat this summer for four-years, $52 million, averaged 15.8 points and 4.3 assists last season as the Heat’s starting shooting guard. He played a big role during Miami’s strong finish to the regular season, averaging 18.4 points over the final 41 games.
Among guards who played at least 45 games last season, Waiters ranked fourth in the NBA with an overall opponent field-goal percentage of 40.4 percent.
Sports Illustrated labeled Waiters “a one-trick pony who hasn’t yet mastered his trick.”
Waiters said he is not using the rankings as motivation.
“Some (expletive) behind a table probably never played basketball before,” Waiters said. “You look at those names and you tell me.”