Dion Waiters’ offensive explosion helps turn Heat into one of NBA’s best surprises

Harrison Butker Mens Jersey One of the biggest surprises this season has been the play of Dion Waiters. While he has shown flashes of being an impact player in the past, this is the first time in his career he’s had prolonged success as a focal point on offense. His numbers are up across the board from 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season to 15.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. His shooting numbers have also climbed from a dismal 39.9 percent from the field to a more respectable 42.3 percent.

Whatever the case, what Frisch and others did caused a backlash that’s still being felt at the Hall of Fame. There was talk in the ‘70s of permanently dissolving the Veterans Committee. It still seems unlikely that a group of veterans will ever be allowed to run so amuck again.

But players are still getting in. There were 1,030 players who had at least one plate appearance in 1990, with 28 of these players already in the Hall of Fame. There were 916 men who went to the plate in 1980, with 29 of these players already enshrined. More seem destined to follow, with numerous greats such as Dick Allen, Alan Trammell and Barry Bonds not enshrined.

Not counting 1900 or 1930, 5.5 percent of players with at least one plate appearance in the years listed above are in the Hall of Fame. More than 1,350 players logged a plate appearance in 2016, which would mean close to 75 Hall of Famers, which seems utterly bonkers. Even a conservative 4 percent induction rate would equal 54 players, which is more Hall of Famers than every year above.

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