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Video: Austin Rivers from NBA Draft Combine

Jun 8, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

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Austin Rivers is one of the tougher guys to place in this draft. No doubt Doc Rivers’ son has NBA game — great basketball IQ, good shooter well out to the NBA three-point line, good handles (very good hesitation and crossover moves) and he plays a smooth, confident game. But there’s a concern he doesn’t play well within a system, that he wants to score and may struggle to fit himself into the NBA game.

Rivers talked about that at the draft combine, as well as how his father helped influence his decision to leave Duke after one year. As if anyone actually thought he was staying.

  1. hscdaw - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    So this post says good basketball IQ, then in the next sentence says he has trouble playing within a system. When I read does not play within a system, Carmelo pops to mind. Rivers doesn’t have the size to be Carmelo, so I see bust here. You would think with Doc as a Dad, he would be more NBA ready even at his early age.

    • turnmymicup - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Explain “more NBA ready” you clearly make no sense to me. Why would you compare him to Carmelo Anthony out of all players. First off they don’t even play the same position for crying out loud. Yes this matters a lot in the NBA. Second Melo himself is still trying to figure out how to play in the NBA. Anthony might be bigger but it doesn’t help him that much since he doesn’t play physical ball. Horrible comparison. Austin’s rookie season shouldn’t be graded harder than others just because his dad is Doc Rivers. Every rookie has that wall they have to get through. Watching his game develop over the next years will be a pleasure.

      • hscdaw - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        By NBA ready, I mean intelligence. Austin Rivers had an awful time playing within Coach K’s system last year. I realize he has to develop but he arguably had one of the best coaches in the world last year and was making terrible basketball decisions up until their loss to Lehigh.
        I am not comparing Austin Rivers playing style to Carmelo, more to the fact that they are isolation type scorers. Anthony’s body and skills allow him to play the 3. Rivers is an undersized 2 who doesn’t project to play the 1. We all know how undersized 2’s normally pan out.

  2. BigBeachBall - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    he’s difficult to coach because his standards were established at an early age by just being in the same home as doc rivers… his sights have probably always been on the NBA level and the collegiate level seemed like an cumbersome but necessary step.

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