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Austin Rivers | Guard

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
College: Duke
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Austin Rivers didn't start at SG on Tuesday, instead coming off the bench for eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.
Darius Miller started tonight but did absolutely nothing to keep the job, so there's still a chance Rivers will earn the SG job with Tyreke Evans moving back to SF. Eric Gordon's indefinite absence with a separated shoulder makes Rivers a low-risk gamble worth taking in most leagues. Nov 25 - 11:35 PM

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Tyreke Evans will start at shooting guard for the Pelicans on Tuesday, while Darius Miller will start at small forward, leaving Austin Rivers coming off the bench.

Miller will start at small forward and Tyreke Evans will slide over to SG. Evans has been great at small forward, so owners have to hope the move doesn't mess up his mojo. Rivers was looking like a nice plug-and-play option, but loses some luster off the bench. Miller is now a deep sleeper for success in the absence of Eric Gordon, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Nov 25 - 1:31 PM

Austin Rivers looks like the Pelicans starting shooting guard with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out indefinitely.

Rivers had eight points (two triples), three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes against the Jazz after Gordon was hurt on Saturday, and the most important takeaway was the fact that Rivers received the lion's share of minutes at shooting guard. Even as a speculative add, Rivers should be owned in all leagues with 12-plus teams.
Nov 24 - 12:13 PM

Austin Rivers played 33 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

Eric Gordon went down and Rivers is going to get minutes. He's been one of the most inefficient players in the NBA lately, but the opportunity is there. Feel free to give him a look in deeper leagues.
Nov 23 - 2:04 AM

The Pelicans did not exercise their option on Austin Rivers.

While Rivers has been a letdown, this decision is more about the salary cap than anything else. In other words, this isn't as bad as the Wizards not using their option on Jan Vesely last season. Still, Rivers won't have much fantasy value while Eric Gordon and/or Tyreke Evans are healthy.
Oct 24 - 6:18 PM

Austin Rivers played 27 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday and had 11 points, five boards, five assists, one steal and no turnovers.

He shot just 3-of-10 from the field and he's not likely to get his shooting issues turned around. Rivers is going to get the backup minutes behind Eric Gordon (back), so the Pelicans will use him here and there.
Oct 16 - 11:21 PM

Pelicans coach Monty Williams hopes to use Austin Rivers off the ball more next season.

Williams hopes to capitalize on Rivers' ability to score by having him play more 2-guard than point. Rivers' career has been a disappoint thus far, but he is hoping to have a breakout season in 2014-2015. The Pelicans are loaded in the back court with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, and Rivers all hoping to see significant minutes.
Oct 2 - 3:28 PM

Austin Rivers thinks 2014-15 will be his breakout season.

"I was constantly working the entire summer," Rivers said. "I gained 10 pounds and I’ve got stronger in my upper body. This is my year…" He said he's worked on his mid-range jumper a lot, which had been a problem. Rivers is just a career 39.0 percent shooter, so he has his work cut out for himself.
Sep 6 - 9:33 AM

General manager Dell Demps said he's heard good things about Austin Rivers this summer.

Rivers posted a picture of himself on Instagram talking about a new chapter, but it seems everything has smoothed over. He'll likely compete with rookie Russ Smith for playing time in the second unit. Smith was terrific in summer league while Rivers hasn't quite come around in his career just yet.
Aug 27 - 8:29 PM

Austin Rivers hinted at a possible split between he and the Pelicans on Instagram.

Rivers posted a picture of himself in a Pelicans uniform with the caption "New chapter for me.....not worried about what's happened. I can a only control what I do next. And with the way I'm working right now, I like how the future looks! Hard work & God = .....anything possible." There have been no further details about Rivers being traded or released by New Orleans. However, there were reports that the Pelicans were considering waiving Rivers in order to clear enough cap space for newly acquired center Omer Asik.
Jul 16 - 1:15 PM

The Pelicans may waive Austin Rivers to clear enough cap space for their acquisition of Omer Asik.

Asik's salary balloons to $14.9 million this season but the Pelicans are happy to have him after relying on guys like Greg Stiemsma and Alexis Ajinca last season. Rivers was drafted No. 10 overall in 2012 but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA and averaged only 7.7 points on 40.5 percent shooting last season.
Jul 11 - 1:03 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly looking to trade Austin Rivers in an effort to clear salary cap space.

After acquiring Omer Asik from the Rockets, the Pelicans are looking to clear up cap space and moving the 10th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft may be part of that plan. Rivers only averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists during the 2013-14 season, but is only 21 years old and talented enough that he could become a solid rotation player somewhere. Coincidentally, Rivers' father Doc and his Los Angeles Clippers own a trade exception that could be used to acquire his son.
Jun 26 - 10:41 AM

Austin Rivers is starting on Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

Brian Roberts (ankle) is a game-time call and could sit, so we'll be looking for an update on that front. Rivers joins Tyreke Evans, Alexis Ajinca, Jeff Withey and Darius Miller in the first unit.
Apr 16 - 7:31 PM

Austin Rivers was ejected from Monday's game for an altercation with Nick Collison.

A fight was close to breaking out, but it did seem a bit extreme to toss Rivers from this game. He finished with eight points, two assists and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes. The Pelicans will shift Tyreke Evans over to point guard because what else are they going to do with their decimated roster?
Apr 14 - 8:56 PM

Austin Rivers started for injured Brian Roberts and had 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-24 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

Rivers had a great game and could continue to start, as the Pelicans are very banged up right now. If he' starting for the Pelicans, he can start for many fantasy teams over the last few games.
Apr 12 - 11:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Jimmer Fredette
3Russ Smith
SG1Eric Gordon
2Austin Rivers
3Darius Miller
SF1Tyreke Evans
2John Salmons
3Luke Babbitt
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey
4Patric Young