Anyone else see Dwayne Wade in this guy's game? Right now hes a 6'4 180lbs PG and hes only 18 years old. By the time he gets to the NBA I could see him growing another inch atleast and get stronger perhaps be at around 6'5 200lbs, with his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and athletecism, I can't help but compare him to Dwayne Wade. I don't understand why people have been comparing him to Stephen Curry just because their both light skinned? But regardless, I think this guy should and will be the 1st pick in 2012, I see him being a SG in the NBA rather than PG.
This 1 is not hard at all Austin Rivers=Nick Young
Nick Young? The same guy who spots of for shots, never ever drives to the lane and averages 1APG?
I think D Wade is a bit high, and young is a bit low. Nick Young was never a dominant College player. Austin Rivers might be a dominant college player right off the bat. DWade is a top 5 player in the league, so its hard to assume Rivers will be that good. He is a dynamite scorer, and has alot of nice stepback moves and such that are gonna make him a deadly shooter, but at this age, hes got alot to work on before hes a great NBA talent.
less athletic wade/ big monta?
Im not saying he has Dwayne Wade's ceiling, but his skill-set is very close to Wade. His size, creating shots, both are combo guards, athleticism, excellent mid-range game, he pretty much looks like Wade to me.
more like Kobe Bryant, really liked the amazing move at 1:19
Rivers is athletic, but he isn't "Wade athletic." But at the same time he is a better shooter from range than Wade too.
I like the bigger monta comparison.. but Austin River's shot is better imo.
I think hes gonna be a really complete offensive player. I think out of all 18-19 year olds right now, hes the most sure thing. Hes so skilled, hes so good at producing effficiently i dont see how hes not No.1 pick come 2012.
Sicccccccck stepback at :42.
Hes listed at 6'4, but is it just me or does he look taller than everyone else on that highlight? He seems to be bigger than what hes listed at.
He's nothing like any of those NBA player IMO let him play a college game first. Who does he compare to on the college level is more realistic right now.
QH, you have proven to be a Rivers hater, so why even chime in. Because the rich in tradition "Winter Park" comes up shrot against the St. Pats and Mater Dei's of the world, doesnt means Rivers is a choker.
Theres no one in college like him. The only one with that kind of perimeter offense is Jimmer, and he isnt as good an athlete.
How am i a Austin Hater You have been up here long enough to know how many times i have Pumped this kid up so you have no clue what you are talking about. My point is All these guys looked like there was no one to compare them too when they were in HS. Rivers isn't the best HS player to ever play.Not even top 10-20 So it makes way more sense to compare him to a College player then it is to a NBA player who is a proven AllStar. He has dominated HS players and that's been done before him and will be done after. If I'm a Rivers hater then you are surely a Rivers Nut rider( which is sad if you are older or even the same age as him so i do hope you are younger then its understandable why he is you're idol). Lets let a player prove how good they are on the College level before comparing them to a NBA AllStar
Ah Quincey, more personal call outs then facts. I love your arguments. 5000 posts and 800 points. You are such a superstar. Go out and celebrate your awesomeness, or even better, create a new profile so you can be somebody else for a couple of weeks.
Rivers isnt my idol. He is a very good high school basketball player. I am actually in college. I was gonna change my profile picture but ill do it right now if itll make you sleep better.
Yea man...was the idol comment really needed? Come on man.
College ?? wow i don't think theres anymore to be said then.
As far as Rivers and Player he reminds me of is Kerry Kittles when he was in college except shorter. Scorer who could shoot, hit a midrange and drive. Kerry was more athletic though and taller. Or maybe shawn respert with more handles but not as good of a defender. I think coach K should be able to fix that
Yea, college, the thing you clearly dropped out of.
Quincey cant judge River's scoring at the NBA level, but he can judge what kind of a defender he will be at the next level. I love how Quincey knows everything. Hes practically the messiah of basketball on this website. With his gripping insight.
Yet this is the same tool who was arguing Westbrook>Rose. I got an idea for your next profile, The_Lakers_R_Old.
Quincey: You rain on parades more than any person on this site. If you were given an award, it would be in the shape of a storm cloud. When your entire argument is based on not having an opinion and waiting until later, as it tends to be, it is such a downer. If you gave more analysis, which you actually seem to know your stuff, rather than showing unbridled negativity, people would respect you so much more. You may not care, but than again, why do you post here 10000000 times? I saw you writing to Knicksboy today about how he was not watching the game, remind you of anyone else? Just saying, you never acknowledge tons of questions, you have to give respect to get respect.
Urban: Stop letting him rain on your parade! When you do this, you usually just end up going way to far in the argument and getting your feelings hurt. On the serious, you need to let some things go brother. You are not going to change the mind of the guy above and I think you just waste time trying too. Believe me, I have done the same thing and am usually disappointed with the result. Also, you never responded to my post the other day either. It is not the case here, but some times you seem to miss the point of certain posts, which leads to ridiculous statements and arguments.
Both of you are good posters, and yes, I do enjoy some of your battles. But, you could be vastly improved and I know at least I would fully appreciate it. A little more thought and understanding would go a long way with both of you. Observations are just based on what I see with both of you fellas.
I have no idea who to compare Austin Rivers too. I am not the hugest fan of comparisons, and I too would like to see him play at a higher level before making mine. Tyreke Evans seems to be the constant, and it might indeed work. Austin seems to have a better shot, though he does not possess the strength of Evans. However, if you were too look at a rookie year stat line, I would say Evans might be comparable in many categories quite possibly. It really depends on the situation, and he will more than likely be at about 15-16 rather than 20 as far as scoring, but maybe similar assist and rebound numbers. He will struggle getting his shot at first, and he may indeed start off as a point, but would be better used as a 2, much like Evans. I do not think he has the speed and athleticism of Wade, but his size/speed combo reminds me a bit of Evans.
fair enough mikey. my feelings are never hurt. i could care less what that loser thinks. i just think its funny to see how pathetic his responses are, but you are probably right, its not eevn worth it for me to respond to him as much as i do.
I see a younger Ray Allen in this kid. Both are obviously tremendous shooters, and I think Rivers translates to the 2 guard in the NBA, like Allen. The only difference is that Rivers attacks and Ray was more of a spot up shooter. But both are similar physically, and both are great players.
OOOOOO.......can I get advice?
About the hurt feelings, but I am glad you read my words man. You have strong opinions and I just feel like you could be writing and thinking of better things than responses to a person who does not really have an argument. When he writes an actual argument, I understand, but in this case, just move on.
He is a much better overall shooter than Wade is IMO and he doesn't have anywhere near Wade's strength, athleticism or speed even for that matter. He is still a good athlete with a decent frame and speed but Wade is just absolutely ridiculous in all of those areas..... Rivers is a good athlete but do you think there are any of his physical attributes that will stand out at the NBA level like Wade's do????
Rivers is still 18yrs old, the guy is not even done growing, and he will get a lot bigger and stronger, and he is still young enough that he might actually improve his athleticism. I can see him playing at around 6'5 200-210lbs when he gets to the NBA. The kid's body is still maturing which is scary considering the skill-set he already posses as a PG.
Grammar man. Grammar. You can also think out what you write slightly more. I am guessing you are being sarcastic, but I'm not.
My comparison would be a slightly better OJ Mayo.
He reminds me of a pre-injury Anfernee Hardaway.
I don't do compaisons but I will say that I love his game. He will be a terrific pro, the only thing he lacks is top tier athleticism; even though he is really really athletic.
1 you dont know if he is done growing so stop saying hes not, he may not
2 he is a SG not a PG by any means, you calling him that means you have either never seen him play a real game or you dont know what a PG is...
3 QH is right, lets be realistic and try not to overhype a 18 year old kid, last year everyone was going on about Barnes and how he was a "cant miss" and the next big thing, and now if he didnt have the hype before coming to UNC no one would think anything about him, he would be just another guy.
american version of J.C. Navaro(bigger faster more athletic)
So we should call him "The Bomb" instead of La Bomba?
But really, I see him as playing the same role as Wade, that is an aggressive scorer who can distribute too; how he gets the scoring and how well he does it is up for discussion.
I hope he does grow that extra inch at least, he hasn't got Wade's athleticism to compensate for being undersized.