Austin Rivers

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Austin Rivers
20140101 Austin Rivers dribbling (2).JPG
Rivers with the Pelicans in January 2014
No. 25 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-08-01) August 1, 1992 (age 22)
Santa Monica, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Winter Park (Winter Park, Florida)
College Duke (2011–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Austin James Rivers (born August 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rivers led Winter Park High School to back-to-back Florida 6A state championships in 2010 and 2011. He also played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for the Team USA, and was a McDonald's All-American. He was one of the top rated high school basketball players in the class of 2011, being rated as high as No. 1 by Rivals.com. On September 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. His father, Doc Rivers, coaches the Los Angeles Clippers and is a former NBA player.

High school career[edit]

Rivers was ranked #1 by Rivals.com,[1] while being rated as the #3 player by ESPN[2] and Scout.com.[3] In 2010, Rivers led Winter Park High School to the school's first state title in a 76–57 win against Dr. Phillips High School in the 6A state championship. Rivers scored 23 points in the game.[4] In June 2010, Rivers was a part of the gold medal winning team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship where he set a Team USA record for an U18 event with 35 points against Canada.[5] On August 5, 2010, Rivers was named to the fifth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game,[6] where he was named co-MVP after he had 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.[7]

On September 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. His commitment was widely covered by ESPN and various other sports networks given his status as the Class of 2011's top recruit.[8] He officially signed with the program on November 16, 2010.[9]

On March 5, 2011, Rivers led Winter Park to back to back Florida 6A state championships with a 52–44 victory over Dr. Phillips High School, in which he had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals.[10] Rivers was named the 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on March 10, 2011.[11] He was also an All-American and All-State honoree, and played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for Team USA.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Austin Rivers
SG[12]
Winter Park, FL Winter Park 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 30, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars

College career[edit]

Rivers with Duke in 2011.

As a freshman, Rivers played in Duke's exhibition games in China and Dubai during an international tour in August 2011. In the first game against the China men's national basketball team, Rivers scored 18 points on 8–15 shooting and led Duke to an 77–64 victory. In the second game (also against the Chinese national team), Rivers scored 12 points in a 78–66 victory, making several dunks during the first half. In the final game played in Beijing, Rivers chipped in 11 points as Duke topped the Chinese, 93–78.[13] In his team's 86–66 victory over the Dubai national team, he scored 16 points, including 10 in the second quarter, on an array of impressive drives.

On February 8, 2012, his three-point basket as time expired allowed Duke to overcome an 82–72 deficit with two minutes to play in an 85–84 victory over the University of North Carolina.[14] The victory ended North Carolina's 31 game winning streak at the Dean Smith Center.[15]

On March 16, 2012, Rivers' college career ended in the "Round of 64" of the NCAA tournament, when Duke lost to Lehigh University. Rivers shot 5-14 from the field, while playing 34 minutes. Lehigh led for most of the game, earning their first NCAA Tournament victory.[16]

On March 26, 2012, Rivers declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[17]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Duke 34 33 33.2 .433 .365 .658 3.4 2.1 1.0 .0 15.5

NBA career[edit]

New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

Rivers playing for the Pelicans during the 2013 NBA Summer League.

Rivers was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 10th overall pick the 2012 NBA draft. Rivers chose to wear the #25 jersey, the same number his father wore when he was in the NBA. The night before Rivers said, "I want to be like my dad, only better." Joining him as a rookie on the Hornets was Anthony Davis, the first overall pick of the draft. On July 24, 2012, Rivers signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets.[18] Three days later, Rivers underwent successful surgery to clean up bone spurs in his right ankle.[19]

On October 31, 2012, Rivers made his NBA debut in the Hornets' season opener against the San Antonio Spurs. In 24 minutes as a starter, he recorded 7 points on 1-of-9 shooting, as well as 2 assists and 1 rebound, in the 95-99 loss.[20] On December 14, 2012, he scored a career high 27 points in the 102-113 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[21] On March 6, 2013, he broke his hand that required surgery, and subsequently missed the remainder of the season.[22] For his rookie season, he averaged 6.2 points on 37% shooting from the field and 33% from the three-point line. In April 2013, he Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans.

2013–14 season[edit]

On October 16, 2013, the Pelicans exercised their third-year team option on Rivers' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season.[23]

On April 12, 2014, Rivers recorded season highs in points and rebounds with 20 and 10 respectively in the 104-111 loss to the Houston Rockets.[24]

2014–15 season[edit]

On October 24, 2014, the Pelicans declined to exercise their fourth-year team option on Rivers' rookie scale contract, thereby not extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[25][26]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 New Orleans 61 26 23.2 .372 .326 .546 1.8 2.1 .4 .1 6.2
2013–14 New Orleans 69 4 19.4 .405 .364 .636 1.9 2.3 .7 .1 7.7
Career 130 30 21.2 .390 .346 .601 1.8 2.2 .5 .1 7.0

Personal life[edit]

Rivers is the son of Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Kristen Rivers (née Campion). They met in 1979 while freshmen at Marquette University.[27][28] His older brother, Jeremiah, played basketball for Georgetown and Indiana and later joined the Maine Red Claws, while his older sister Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida and then played professionally in Puerto Rico. His younger brother, Spencer, is a guard who currently plays for UC Irvine.

Doc Rivers named Austin after former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Austin Carr.[29] "I spent a lot of time around the Cavs when I was young because my uncle, Jim Brewer, played here," Doc Rivers said. "I loved Jim and I still do, but Austin was my favorite player and the guy I tried to be like on the court."[30] His middle name, James, is in honor of Brewer.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking – Rivals150 for the class of 2011". Rivals.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "College Basketball Recruiting – ESPNU 100 – 2011". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rivers Leads Winter Park to Title". TheLedger.com. March 6, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Austin Rivers impressed many with his performance at FIBA tourney". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. July 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Elite 24 Roster Revealed (First 12)". Slam Online. August 5, 2010. Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Austin Rivers is named co-MVP at ESPN all-star event". OrlandoSentinel.com. August 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Austin Rivers commits to Duke". ESPN.com. September 30, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Duke Inks Four During Early Signing Period". GoDuke.com. November 16, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Collings, Buddy (March 5, 2011). "Winter Park repeats as 6A champ with win over Dr. Phillips". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ Payne, Greg Go UNC!!! (March 11, 2011). "Austin Rivers earns national honor". ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Scout.com: Austin Rivers Profile. Scouthoops.scout.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-16.
  13. ^ Duke Tops China, 93-78, Sweeps Series
  14. ^ ESPN (February 8, 2012). "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X1ewxVwhug". YouTube. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Austin Rivers' 3-pointer caps Duke rally, stuns North Carolina". ESPN.com. February 28, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  16. ^ Rapid Reaction: Lehigh 75, Duke 70
  17. ^ Rivers Officially Declares For NBA Draft
  18. ^ Rookies Davis, Rivers sign contracts with Hornets
  19. ^ Austin Rivers Undergoes Successful Surgery
  20. ^ Notebook: Spurs 99, Hornets 95
  21. ^ Notebook: Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102
  22. ^ Rivers has Successful Surgery
  23. ^ PELICANS EXERCISE THIRD-YEAR OPTIONS ON ANTHONY DAVIS AND AUSTIN RIVERS
  24. ^ Notebook: Rockets 111, Pelicans 104
  25. ^ Pelicans pick up fourth-year option on Anthony Davis' contract, but not Austin Rivers'
  26. ^ Pelicans Decline Fourth-Year Option On Austin Rivers
  27. ^ "Dad says Austin Rivers 'to slow it down and wait' on recruiting trail". USA Today. July 28, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  28. ^ Williams, Lena (January 28, 1993). "Moving Is Just Part of the Game Plan". New York Times. 
  29. ^ a b Schmitt Boyer, Mary (1 April 2013). "Autsin Power: Rivers honors Carr". The Plain Dealer. 
  30. ^ Notebook: Cavaliers 95, Celtics 90

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