K. C. Rivers
Rivers with Khimki in 2012
|No. 3 – Panathinaikos|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|League||Greek Basketball League
March 1, 1987 |
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||213 lb (97 kg)|
|High school||Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kelvin Creswell "K. C." Rivers (born March 1, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League and the EuroLeague. Standing at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward position.
High school and college career
Rivers attended high school at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. While there he helped his team capture two USA Today national high school basketball championships. In those two years his team's record was a combined 72-2. He holds Oak Hill's record for most three-point field goals in a game with 15.
Rivers went undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft. In August 2009, he signed with AB Latina of the Italian Legadue Basket, second-tier league. In 10 games with Latina he averaged 24.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and in December 2009, he signed with Benetton Treviso of the LBA, for the remainder of the season.
On June 30, 2010, he signed a contract with Chorale Roanne of the French LNB Pro A for the 2010–11 season. In January 2011, he returned to Italy, and signed with Virtus Bologna for the rest of the season.
On July 29, 2011, he signed a one-year deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia. On May 30, 2012, he signed a two-year deal with another Russian team, BC Khimki. In July 2013, he parted ways with Khimki.
On August 7, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Real Madrid. In the 2014–15 season, Real Madrid continued its successes in the EuroLeague from the previous seasons, advancing to the EuroLeague Final Four for the third straight time. In the semifinal game against Fenerbahçe Ülker, Rivers helped his team to secure its third straight EuroLeague Finals appearance, by scoring 17 points, on 5 from 6 shooting from the three-point line, in a 96–87 win. Real Madrid eventually won the EuroLeague championship, after defeating Olympiacos in the EuroLeafue Final, by a score of 78–59. Over the season, Rivers averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game, to help his team win its ninth EuroLeague title overall, and its first in 20 years. Real Madrid eventually finished the season winning the Spanish League championship, after a 3–0 series sweep in the Spanish League Finals series against Barcelona. With the Spanish League title, they won the triple crown.
On September 8, 2015, Rivers signed a one-year contract with the German club Bayern Munich. On December 22, 2015, he left Bayern, and returned to his former club, Real Madrid, for the rest of the season.
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Rivers won the EuroLeague|
|2010–11||Chorale Roanne Basket||LNB Pro A||14||29.7||.523||.360||.714||4.6||1.9||1.0||.1||14.3|
|Canadian Solar Bologna||LBA||17||31.8||.432||.580||.811||4.4||1.6||1.9||.2||17.2|
|2011–12||PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban||Russian PBL||17||24.4||.513||.431||.750||4.4||.9||.9||.0||11.4|
|VTB United League||19||27.1||.481||.402||.806||4.3||1.0||1.2||.0||11.2|
|2012–13||BC Khimki||Russian PBL||13||18.5||.487||.413||.789||2.5||1.1||.8||.2||8.5|
|VTB United League||24||20.0||.480||.494||.571||2.2||1.4||.9||.0||8.6|
|2014–15||Real Madrid||Liga ACB||42||17.7||.600||.393||.833||1.9||.8||.6||.1||5.7|
|2015||Bayern Munich||Basketball Bundesliga||13||24.3||.512||.442||.833||3.4||2.2||1.0||0.4||15.0|
- Latina agreed to terms with KC Rivers
- Benetton Basket brings in guard KC Rivers
- Chorale Roanne adds scoring ace KC Rivers
- Virtus Bologna lands KC Rivers
- LOKOMOTIV KUBAN tabs Rivers
- K.C. Rivers reinforces BC Khimki
- KC Rivers, Khimki part ways
- Bighorns Open Training Camp
- Real Madrid tabs swingman Rivers
- "Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce". euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- "Shooting guard K.C. Rivers joins Bayern". fcb-basketball.de. September 8, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
- "K.C. Rivers opts to move on". fcb-basketball.de. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
- "Official Announcement: K. C. Rivers". realmadrid.com. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- "K. C. Rivers returns to Real Madrid". realmadrid.com. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- Panathinaikos inks former champ Rivers