Mailbag: Should the Heat consider using Dion Waiters in a bench role?

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters (11) drives as Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 105-100. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

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@iamtzamac: Should Erik Spoelstra consider playing Dion Waiters off the bench? A playmaker in the second unit like D-Wade for the Cavs?

Anthony Chiang: Should it be considered? Yes. Do I think it will actually happen? No. With the way this roster is constructed and how much the Heat have now invested in Dion, they need him to be one of their best players. Inconsistency continues to plague Dion, but he has a skill set not many players, if any, on this roster have. He can create offense out of nothing, just with his ability to make contested jump shots and dribble his way into the paint. It’s been a tough season for Dion so far. He’s averaging 15.0 points, but shooting an inefficient 39.0 percent from the field in his starting role. One could make the argument starting sharpshooter Wayne Ellington at shooting guard would make sense because it helps open the floor for Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. But whether Dion starts or not, the Heat need him to get back to the guy who played efficient basketball over the second half of last season. He averaged 18.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting to go with 3.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists during Miami’s 30-11 run. The Heat need Dion to play better … as a starter.

@jd1360230: Should the Heat consider a complete rotation change? I don’t think the current one is working at all. Also how much would a healthy Hassan Whiteside and Rodney McGruder help the Heat?

Anthony Chiang: It’s not time to panic yet. The Heat are 11-12 through 23 games and sit in the No. 10 spot in the East. But the standings are so bunched up that Miami is just two games out of the No. 5 position. A complete rotation change would do more harm than good at this point. Sure, a healthy Hassan and Rodney would help a lot. But they aren’t available right now, so Miami is going to need to find a way to get by without them.

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