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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 had a season-high 21 points against the Blazers on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 33 minutes.
He picked up a bunch of stats in garbage time, but he played well in the first half, too. Rivers made 11-of-12 from the line and was much more aggressive than usual. There is still no reason to add him in almost any league. Dec 20 - 9:22 PM

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Austin Rivers played 35 minutes as the starting shooting guard on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, six assists and two turnovers against the Rockets.

While the stat line wasn't great, this might've been one of his best games of his career for his defense. Rivers just can't knock down jumpers and isn't a great finisher, so he's never really going to flourish even with big minutes. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Dec 19 - 12:41 AM

Austin Rivers will start in place of Tyreke Evans (knee) on Thursday.

In his two starts this season, Rivers has made a ridiculous 7.7 percent of his shots from the field, so there is nowhere to go but up. He also has a very tiny usage rate while he's out there with the first unit, but the Pelicans really need help. Rivers is worth a look as a very deep play or a punt in daily.
Dec 18 - 7:13 PM

Austin Rivers played 12 minutes off the bench on Tuesday after a forgettable two-game stint as a starter, and he finished with just five points and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

Rivers was a combined 1-of-13 from the field while starting at SG, almost forcing coach Monty Williams to bench him. He doesn't have 3-point range and he's struggling to finish at the rim, so it's hard to be optimistic about his outlook despite Eric Gordon's indefinite absence with a separated shoulder.
Dec 2 - 11:26 PM

Austin Rivers made his second start in a row on Saturday with four points, one rebound and three assists in 29 minutes.

He improved from his goose egg on Friday, but Rivers is still lost out there. Doc's son has been dribbling the ball way too much recently and that's the last thing the Pelicans need with two solid ball handlers in Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans. Rivers has very little fantasy value.
Nov 29 - 9:24 PM

Austin Rivers is starting again on Saturday night against the Wizards.

Well, he has nowhere to go but up. Rivers didn't score on his eight shot attempts last night, and it's hard to be too bullish on him tonight. He has too many holes in his game to be picked up in most fantasy leagues.
Nov 29 - 5:37 PM

Austin Rivers did not score in 21 minutes of action in a start at shooting guard on Friday.

He added two assists, one foul and missed all eight shots from the field. Rivers is just not capable of scoring in the NBA on his own and doesn't do much else on the stat sheet. He's not worth owning in most leagues and is yet another case that fantasy owners shouldn't overreact about who is starting.
Nov 28 - 11:22 PM

Austin Rivers will start at shooting guard against the Hawks on Friday night.

He was coming off the bench with Darius Miller starting, but apparently coach Monty Williams is going to run an extremely tight rotation tonight. Eric Gordon only had a 16.1 usage while in the starting lineup before his injury, so that's probably about where Rivers will be. There is very little to like about his upside in most leagues.
Nov 28 - 6:08 PM

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

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.
Source: NBA.com
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Jimmer Fredette
3Russ Smith
SG1Eric Gordon
2Tyreke Evans
3Austin Rivers
SF1Luke Babbitt
2John Salmons
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
3Dante Cunningham
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey