K. C. Rivers

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K. C. Rivers
K.C.Rivers BCKhimki.JPG
Rivers with Khimki in 2012
No. 3 – Panathinaikos
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League Greek Basketball League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1987-03-01) March 1, 1987 (age 30)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College Clemson (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009 AB Latina
2009–2010 Benetton Treviso
2010–2011 Chorale Roanne
2011 Virtus Bologna
2011–2012 Lokomotiv Kuban
2012–2013 Khimki
2013–2014 Reno Bighorns
2014–2015 Real Madrid
2015 Bayern Munich
2015–2016 Real Madrid
2016–present Panathinaikos
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[edit]

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.

He played college basketball at Clemson University seeing action in 102 games while starting 55 of those games. Rivers averaged 14.2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds a game in his four years at Clemson.

Professional career[edit]

Rivers went undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft. In August 2009, he signed with AB Latina of the Italian Legadue Basket, second-tier league.[1] 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.[2]

On June 30, 2010, he signed a contract with Chorale Roanne of the French LNB Pro A for the 2010–11 season.[3] In January 2011, he returned to Italy, and signed with Virtus Bologna for the rest of the season.[4]

On July 29, 2011, he signed a one-year deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.[5] On May 30, 2012, he signed a two-year deal with another Russian team, BC Khimki.[6] In July 2013, he parted ways with Khimki.[7]

In November 2013, he was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.[8] In 47 games, he averaged 15.8 points and 4 rebounds per game, during the 2013–14 season.

On August 7, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Real Madrid.[9] 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.[10] Real Madrid eventually won the EuroLeague championship, after defeating Olympiacos in the EuroLeafue Final, by a score of 78–59.[11] 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.[12]

On September 8, 2015, Rivers signed a one-year contract with the German club Bayern Munich.[13] On December 22, 2015, he left Bayern,[14] and returned to his former club, Real Madrid, for the rest of the season.[15][16]

On July 24, 2016, Rivers signed a 1+1 deal with Greek club Panathinaikos.[17]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

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

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Khimki 24 17 26.3 .445 .364 .533 2.7 1.5 .8 .1 9.6 7.5
2014–15 Real Madrid 30 16 17.0 .432 .411 1.000 2.3 1.1 .6 .0 5.3 5.1
2015–16 27 6 19.7 .446 .371 .708 1.8 1.0 .7 .1 8.2 6.6
Career 81 39 20.6 .442 .379 .672 2.2 1.2 .7 .0 7.6 6.3

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Latina Basket LegaDue 12 38.1 .477 .371 .767 5.7 1.2 1.8 .1 24.5
Benetton Basket LBA 23 30.2 .489 .442 .825 4.3 1.3 1.5 .2 12.3
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
2013–14 Reno Bighorns D-League 47 30.7 .510 .352 .852 4.0 2.2 1.3 .1 15.8
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

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of former NBA player Byron Dinkins. Rivers is married, and he has one daughter (Maiyah).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latina agreed to terms with KC Rivers
  2. ^ Benetton Basket brings in guard KC Rivers
  3. ^ Chorale Roanne adds scoring ace KC Rivers
  4. ^ Virtus Bologna lands KC Rivers
  5. ^ LOKOMOTIV KUBAN tabs Rivers
  6. ^ K.C. Rivers reinforces BC Khimki
  7. ^ KC Rivers, Khimki part ways
  8. ^ Bighorns Open Training Camp
  9. ^ Real Madrid tabs swingman Rivers
  10. ^ "Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce". euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Shooting guard K.C. Rivers joins Bayern". fcb-basketball.de. September 8, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ "K.C. Rivers opts to move on". fcb-basketball.de. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Official Announcement: K. C. Rivers". realmadrid.com. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "K. C. Rivers returns to Real Madrid". realmadrid.com. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ Panathinaikos inks former champ Rivers

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