Needs to grow at shooting. 7%
Rivers needs time before he adapts to the NBA,he's the topic of some negative blowback from folks but, lets remember he's very young.I want to allow him to experience a larger body of work before being too harsh on him.
One year at Duke and now the NBA is a big jump.Lets observe and see what areas of his game grow.
1-What does not move is dead.What has speed,and mobilty has more possibilities,more life...quickness creates luck.
2- Your Defense is only as good as your HELP/ROTATING defenders.
3-Games are won while the ball is in the air.
4- You design your roster to win a 7 game series not a one game confrontation.
You can tell that he is a much more natural PG than SG in the NBA. He just creates with the ball in his hand, and he had 6 assists last game off the bench. Not bad. His scoring will increase as soon as he stops over-thinking everything.
I think his scoring will increase also. He just needs some time, like you guys said a larger body of work will tell the whole story. But I do like the direction this team seems to be heading after just 2 games. I still can't believe how Aminu as come from no where though, the first 2 games. Its great.
I'm pissed that this guy is our "scorer" off of the bench but CANT SCORE... idk man that just angers me, I know he's a rookie, but scoring was supposed to be his strength and he was supposed to have to do better at the other stuff, we're a team that gets points on a premium and we need another scorer at the guard position since Gordon is out... Rivers was supposed to be the answer but he just cant get it done... i don't care how young he is, that's supposed to be his schtick
You have got to give the guy some time. I think he should have stayed in school another year personally, but if he is gonna get better you will see it as the season progresses. I still think this team has an outside shot at the playoffs even if Gordon does not come back.
Okay, okay, I won't throw him under the bus until game five!
"Hornets means nothing." - Tom Benson
The main problem with Rivers and why he's only had some success at driving is because hes not hitting any shots. If everyone knows you're going to the basket, they'll play you that way. The NBA will adjust to you faster than you'll adjust to it. Rivers needs to get his confidence back in his shot, and actually add the NBA 3 to his game. As soon as defenders have to compensate for his shot, he will start to blow by people again.
"I'm not going to allow my putative owner to answer that question, this is an NBA related press conference. Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell have collectively sung their praises of Tom and if uh ESPN has a problem with that tell Mr. Skipper to call me at my office."
He has really looked like... Something so far. Still lots if time to turn it around though.
There is no doubt in my mind that Rivers will begin to put up points. The kid is a scorer and he will get on track in a big way.
Rivers has the talent, it is there. But the most important thing is that he has amazing tenacity and will to succeed, this is something we should value in the face of the the whole Eric Gordon mess
I said it before and i say it again..........
Austin Rivers= Reggie Bush
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