I still think the Tony Parker comparison is the most accurate. Struggled mightily his rookie year but showed that great first step. What does Parker have that Rivers can't develop? If I was his coach, that is the guy I make him watch tape on every day
I was impressed tonight. I wanna see more. I'm not gonna get excited till I see this more often. But I loved what I saw.
What did he do. The one time i fall asleep twice i mess them winning a game. Yeh i seen't that thread on realgm earlier today
It is not just because of last night, but he is going to be a great player, once this season is over. compare his stats to Harden's his rookie year. i have a feeling they are going to look very similar if not better.
You guys can't be serious saying Rivers is anywhere near Lillard right? Lillard has the ball in his hands 100% of the time, and runs the first team offense and always faces the first team defense. That's a little different than Rivers running the 2nd team offense for the Hornets. I'm as big a Rivers fan as you'll find, but lets b real here. I think he has all the potential in the world, but he's no where near Lillards level YET.
I was against the Rivers pick as my impression watching him at Duke was that he was a ball-dominating chucker and we have one of those already. I wanted to trade back and take young big to pair with AD (Zeller or Leonard) so they could grow together, and worry about picking up backcourt scoring later because it's easier to find than big talent.
Watching Rivers struggle at the point in summer league didn't do much to change my mind. But his play so far this season has. He looks like a young kid not quite ready for the rigors of the NBA, but I've been impressed by his attacking instincts, his passing and ball handling, and his grit and apparent love of the game. Ideally, he'd be backing up Gordon at the two this year allowing him to grow into his role. And I think he's looked much better coming off the bench for Mason. If I was Monty, I'd stick with that rotation. Let Rivers play with the second unit and find his game. Despite his slow start and below-average numbers, I'm actually much more encouraged by Rivers now than I was on draft day. It would by really interesting to see him paired with Gordon down the line, two slashing hybrid guards and no true point. I wonder if it would work?
He's not Lillard. He's Austin. Lillard is older and has a bit more experience at his position. Let Austin do his thing. He hasn't been playing all that well early in his rookie season but as I said a few days ago, as long as we see some kind of improvement and growth, that's all we can ask for right now. Sit back and wait a minute.
"The guy without a discernable NBA skill"
He's changing some people mind !
Yeah I know, but can you like me hear the sound of revenge ?!
Trying to be patient. I like the fact that he's playing smart ;)
We didn't draft him for the fact that he is the best, but for the fact that he has a good head on his shoulders and a willingness to do what it takes to become the best
Lillard us putting up nice raw numbers, but he isn't having a "great rookie season" by any stretch of the imagination. Defense is horrible, doesn't get his teammates involved much (assists don't mean anything), and he is chucking like crazy.
What's more noticeable for me is his vision. He has made a couple of passes that Vasquez never sees when he's handling the ball off the pick n roll. I think he will be just fine at the point with more experience.
His assist %, which is much more accurate, is below 30%, which is absolutely horrendous for a PG. His 16.3% TO rate is pretty bad too, and he has a defensive rating of 112 (not good).
The Lillard/Rivers comparisons are a little out of control. For one, Lillard has been given the ball from day 1 and told to do his thing. GV is our facilitator and Rivers has had to earn his minutes. It's tough to say where Rivers would be if he was told he's the starting PG from day 1. One thing though that makes me believe is that he is obviously the best ball handler on our team with EG out. When they started pressing last night, we pretty much HAD to rely on Rivers cause Vasquez is just too slow to handle ball pressure well at all. You can teach offense and defense. You can't teach athleticism, footspeed, handles. Rivers has all 3.