You might see that headline, and think, “Wait, Tyus is averaging more than 8 points per game than Dion ever did! How is he playing only almost as well?”
While Waiters’ minutes were never significant enough to rack up the per-game stats that Battle will achieve this year, he was a beast every moment he was on the court in 2012 prior to getting picked 4th in the NBA Draft.
On perhaps one of Syracuse’s best teams ever, which finished 34-3, Waiters led the team in player efficiency rating (PER), win shares per 40 minutes, and offensive box plus/minus. Here’s how Battle’s performance this year stacks up:
|Stat||Battle (2017)||Waiters (2012)|