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0 - Austin Rivers

Duke 

  • Birthday: 8/1/92
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 203
  • Hometown: Winter Park, FL
  • High School: Winter Park
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Overall

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2012
Mock:  10

NBA Comparison: OJ Mayo

Strengths: A dynamic scorer that can effortlessly create offense for himself off the dribble ... Has solid size for either guard position ... Recently measured 6'5" in shoes with a 6'7" wingspan ... Very quick with the ball in his hands ... Has an extremely quick first step and the ball-handling ability to take advantage of it ... Solid athlete, though he isn't the type to play above the rim ... Is more of a long jumper than a high jumper ... Surprisingly adaptive in the air ... Shows good body control despite smallish frame ... Confident shooter with range that extends beyond the NBA three-point line ... Quick trigger on the perimeter and doesn't need a lot of space to get a good shot off ... Shoots very well off the dribble or out of the triple-threat position ... Very smooth ball-handling ability ... Tough to stop in isolation situations ... Excels at breaking down defenses with sharp and consecutive changes in speed and/or direction ... Chases contact ... Gets opposing big men in foul trouble and shoots a decent amount of free-throws (5.4 free-throws attempted per game) ... Plays very well in pick-and-roll situations ... Knows how to read and exploit the reactions of screened defenders ... Is not afraid of pressure situations ... Burned North Carolina earlier in the season with a deep game-winning three-pointer over the outstretched arm of center Tyler Zeller ... Supremely confident ... Plays with intensity on the floor ... Can be an effective defender when he actually gets low in his stance and bodies-up his man ... It isn't uncommon to see him dramatically improve his defensive posture (and subsequently, his defensive effectiveness) late in close games ... Comes from an NBA family ... Father is ex-NBA point guard and current NBA coach Doc Rivers ...

Weaknesses: Is highly ball-dominant ... Will likely need a team to be tailored around his ability to create off the dribble in order to play up to his potential offensively ... Not a true point guard ... Can get over-aggressive and mistake-prone at times when looking to get to the basket ... Averaged 2.3 turnovers per game during his freshman season at Duke, against only 2.1 assists ... While he can penetrate with the best of them, he currently lacks the sheer vision of a primary facilitator ... Has done a good job of adding muscle to his thin frame, but needs to continue to become stronger ... While he's a creative finisher, he also has a tendency to rush shots around the rim ... Shot 65.8% from the stripe, which is a very disappointing number for somebody that creates as much contact as Rivers does ... Effort is usually underwhelming defensively ... Doesn't collect a ton of steals ... Has been criticized for having a bit of an ego, though many people believe that this added confidence makes him a more dangerous player ...

Overall: Rivers is an exciting prospect and a potentially electric offensive player at the next level ... However, there are a number of concerns about his ability to adapt to the NBA ... He hasn't yet proven that he can be an effective player without dominating the ball and he hasn't yet shown the vision that most teams would feel comfortable with in a starting point guard ... A team in the lottery will most likely be willing to take a chance on him though, regardless of his positional concerns ...

Tyler Ingle 6/14/12

Strengths: Rivers is a 6’4 guard with enough size and length (6'7 wingspan) to function as both a PG and a SG … A good athlete, with excellent fluidity and agility, and adequate explosiveness, speed, and quickness … Really good at changing speeds, and displays more of a smooth, controlled game than most players his age … Great 1st step … Shows sound ball-handling skills, and has few problems creating for himself off the bounce … A natural scorer … Able to score at all 3 levels very well …Very good shooting skills, with NBA range already … Is a threat to make jumpshots off the dribble from as far as 25 feet, which is intriguing … Plays with aggressiveness, and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands … Clever finisher around the rim, who utilizes reverses and the net and rim to shield shot-blockers from the ball … Uses floaters and pull-up jumpers well when cut off by defenders before he makes it all the way to the hoop … Can score in bunches, and is fearless about getting his shots up … Pretty good pick and roll player … Can certainly play up-tempo, and fits well in an offense that runs … Also good in isolation, as a threat to shoot, pull-up, or get in the paint … Not bad basic passing skills, and will find teammates if the D collapses on him … Can get steals on D and isn’t afraid of jumping in the passing lanes … Enjoyed an outstanding HS career, and scouts have been keeping an eye on him virtually since he was a Soph. in HS … Has a very strong pedigree with his father, Doc, being one of the elite head coaches in the NBA with the Boston Celtics … Reportedly has a good work ethic, and he has put on considerable weight and gotten stronger over the past year

Weaknesses: Although Rivers is very aggressive, he also can be selfish and ball-dominant at times … Prone to pounding the ball and overdribbling looking for his shots … Often demonstrates poor shot selection, shooting shots out of range of normal offense or under duress … Is also used to trying to shoot himself out of slumps, and settling for contested jumpers off the dribble … Physically, Rivers is pretty mediocre for an NBA guard … He’s a bit of a tweener guard, although he’s more of a SG and has enough size to play there … Doesn’t show great floor vision, and often looks to pass as a last resort … At times, Rivers will pout and show bad body language on the court. He's developed a bit of a prima donna attitude which hopefully will change as he matures … A fairly nondescript defender, who hasn’t been known to compete hard on that end … His potential on D is also limited ...

Overall: Rivers is a talented scoring guard will be able to put points on the board at any level … His jumper is strong, his ability to operate off the dribble is very good, he has the bloodlines, and he can’t be accused of not being aggressive … He needs to get more mature, continue to get stronger, be less selfish, and work on his D though … He’s still a likely eventual lotto pick, his offensive skills are just too good to be ignored ...

Notes: Son of current Boston Celtics coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers ... Measured 6'5 203 lbs, with a 6'7 wingspan at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy.
Jorrye Nixon 6/24/11

Notes: Measured 6'5 (in shoes) 203 lbs, with a 6'7 wingspan at the 2011 Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

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