Lets check out how Austin is fairing Vs the other top 10 draft pick SG's....
Defense Rating: 114
Defense Rating: 105
Defense Rating: 111
Defense Rating: 109
Aside from his problems at the FT line, hes tracking as well as the others. When you consider the hype around Beal, for him to be struggling with his shot as much as Rivers is makes me feel a bit more confident that it'll be OK and reminds me that these perimeter scorers need some time to adjust to the NBA game.
P.S. Anthony Davis is an absolute beast.
P.P.S. Yay 1000 posts.
Last edited by Impose; 12-21-2012 at 05:14 AM.
DRTG is mainly useful as a stat to compare teams. It is not a good way to compare the defense of two players on the same team, much less players on different teams. It is a stat that is highly dependent on the team.
It is a fine stat, but just have to understand the best way to apply it.
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My only quibble is that he's supposed to be our "PG of the future"
If he were destined to stay in his natural position, I would be more excited. Not to rain on the parade, and I do realize its gonna be a long process. I just wish I was more excited for it.
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Rivers is surprisingly turning into a good defender, better than he was in college and showing alot of potential and improvements!
I expect Rivers to improve a great deal by the end of this season and into the next. He has already made a little jump from the start of the season. With Gordon back he will be running with the second unit and get to watch one of the better scorers/creators in the league. That can only help him progress.
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The argument works both ways. Most people say 'the only reason Rivers was drafted at 10 is his last name'. It's also one of the main reasons he's been labeled a bust already. He's an inefficient checker who talks too much, but he's been quiet and hasn't really taken too many bad shots all year.
That list above just shows the difference between the media saying 'Beal is getting his lumps' and 'Rivers is struggling'. Future is bright, bright, bright.
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Rivers is barely big enough to play SG, there is no way he plays the 3 or is ever in the post.
And to even mention him in the same sentence as Kobe is downright offensive to ANY BASKETBALL fan.
Rivers doesn't look any bigger than he did when he came to duke. Gaining weight and maintaining it will take Rivers quite a bit of time.
Improving every month. Shooting 40.2% in December.By Month GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
October 1 24.0 1.0-9.0 .111 0.0-2.0 .000 5.0-6.0 .833 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 3.0 7.0
November 12 28.6 2.4-7.1 .341 0.8-1.9 .391 1.4-2.3 .630 0.3 2.0 2.3 3.3 0.3 0.8 2.0 1.5 7.0
December 11 28.2 3.5-8.8 .402 0.8-2.1 .391 1.1-2.0 .545 0.0 2.1 2.1 2.3 0.1 0.5 2.3 1.5 9.0
Pre All-Star 24 28.2 2.9-8.0 .361 0.8-2.0 .375 1.4-2.3 .618 0.2 2.0 2.2 2.8 0.2 0.6 2.2 1.5 7.9
He needs to add at least 15 lbs of muscle and it sucks because he's best suited for the 2, and we already have Gordon. Plus Anderson is best suited for the 4, and we already have Davis. Would he nice if Davis could add about 30 lbs of muscle so he could play the 5.
This goes back to the debate about the blurring of positions in today's NBA. I think the Hornets drafted Rivers with the idea that he and Gordon could eventually be on the floor together as dueling combo guards. This obviously goes in the face of traditional notions of a single PG who handles the ball and runs the team. But I think the squad thinks that either Rivers or Gordon could bring the ball up and initiate the offense depending on circumstances and line ups, with neither being a true PG or full time SG, but flexing between the two.
Austin's going to be fine. He's already one of my favorite players. We heard all about his work ethic before the season, and it's obvious that work ethic is paying off. Keep in mind the advanced stats in the original post are a bit "bogged down" by Rivers' slow start.
He's probably not the next Kobe or Westbrook, but in a few years he could blossom into an elite 5th option/6th man of the year candidate (assuming options 1-4 are, in any order, Gordon, Davis, Anderson, and max player we sign with our cap space this offseason). He needs to add some bulk, continue to work on his shot (especially his FT shooting), and improve on defense, but I think he's going to wind up being a really great Pelican.
Again. Davis doesn't need 30 pounds to play center in the NBA. He just needs to get a wee bit stronger. Not necessarily go up the weight column. He and Anderson can play together. I almost guarantee it.
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