K. C. Rivers
Rivers with Khimki, in 2012.
|No. 1 – Žalgiris Kaunas|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||March 1, 1987|
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||212 lb (96 kg)|
|High school||Oak Hill Academy|
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kelvin Creswell Rivers (born March 1, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Žalgiris Kaunas of the LKL and the EuroLeague. Standing at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward positions.
High school career
Rivers attended high school at Oak Hill Academy, in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, where he played high school basketball. 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 the most three-point field goals made in a game, with 15.
Rivers played college basketball at Clemson University, with the Clemson Tigers, 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.
After failing to be drafted in the 2009 NBA draft, Rivers signed with AB Latina of the Italian LegaDue Basket, the Italian second-tier league, in August 2009. 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 Italian top-tier league, 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, Khimki Moscow Region. In July 2013, he parted ways with Khimki.
On August 7, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with the Spanish club 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 of 6 shooting from the three-point line, in a 96–87 win. Real Madrid eventually won the EuroLeague championship, after defeating Olympiacos in the EuroLeague 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 by also 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.
On July 24, 2016, Rivers signed a 1+1 deal with the Greek club Panathinaikos. He soon established himself as a favorite player of the club's fans mainly because of his excellent performances against the arch-rivals of Olympiacos BC.
On February 11, 2019, Rivers signed for Serbian club Crvena zvezda for the rest of the 2018–19 season. On August 20, 2019, Rivers signed a one-year deal with Spanish club Coosur Real Betis.
|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||0.9||.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|
|2015–16||Real Madrid||Liga ACB||10||?||.559||.536||.571||2.7||2.0||0.8||0.1||8.7|
- 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 Archived 2014-01-04 at the Wayback Machine
- 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
- "Grissin Bon, ufficiale l'ingaggio di K.C. Rivers" [Grissin Bon officially signed K.C. Rivers]. legabasket.it (in Italian). December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- "KC Rivers in Belgrade, close to deal with Crvena Zvezda". eurohoops.net. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
- "Rivers i zvanično potpisao za Crvenu zvezdu!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 11 February 2019.
- "K. C. Rivers signs with Crvena zvezda mts". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
- "Real Betis announces KC Rivers (with a funny video)". Sportando. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
- "Official: KC Rivers leaves Coosur Real Betis". Sportando. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
- Askounis, John (22 November 2019). "K.C. Rivers officially joins Zalgiris". Eurohoops. Retrieved 22 November 2019.