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Dion Waiters says he’s not coming off the bench for the Heat

Dion Waiters

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters has the utmost confidence in himself.

That’s why when the subject came up of the possibility that he one day come off the bench, he had quite a strong reaction, per Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post.

“I’m a starter in this league, man, that’s who I am,” Waiters said. “We’re going to nip that in the bud right now. I’m not coming off no bench.”

Fans have been practically clamoring for Waiters to play in Miami’s second unit for about a year. Since his time in Miami, which started last season, Waiters has averaged over 15 points per game.

But he has come off the bench before. As a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Waiters only started 110 of the 289 games he played. But that doesn’t mean he enjoyed it, per D’Angelo.

“I never liked the role,” Waiters said before the Heat’s practice Friday in Mexico City. “I just had to accept it.”

Waiters has proven himself to be a good NBA player, and has shined bright since joining Miami last season. While the fans think the team may be better off for Waiters to come off the bench, starting might be what fits this particular team.