Dion Waiters' First-Round Promise

       Syracuse combo-guard Dion Waiters has shut down his NBA Draft workouts early-on in the process, causing much speculation that he has received a promise from a lottery team. But which one?

It's been circulating that it could be Toronto at No. 8, who certainly has plenty of need for Waiters' slashing and ability to knock down shots. Jose Calderon is aging and DeMar DeRozan has a jump shot that could build a brick house. However, it's noted that the Raptors have been publicly shopping their pick. Bryan Colangelo, president and GM of the Raptors has said the Raptors have not made Waiters a promise.

Or maybe it could be Portland at No. 11 with their love of combo-guards in recent drafts combined with the fact that they are losing two backcourt players from their rotation this offseason. Newly anointed GM Neil Olshey, formerly of the Clippers, went to Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, so could that be a connection?

The last team being speculated with Waiters is Phoenix at No. 13. With his size and skills that allow him to play either backcourt spot, he has the athleticism and explosiveness to thrive in this system, but would his agent really shut him down with a promise from a team so far down in the lottery?

By NBA-DRAFT.com Staff Writer - 6-9-12