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Austin Rivers
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No. 25 - Los Angeles Clippers
Position Point Guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born August 1 1992 () (age 24)
Santa Monica, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Winter Park
(Winter Park, Florida)
College Duke (2011–2012)
NBA Draft: Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2012-present
Career history
2012-2015 New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans
2015–present Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-American – NABC (2012)
  • First-team All-ACC (2012)
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2012)
  • ACC All-Freshman team (2012)
  • Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2011)
  • Florida Mr. Basketball (2011)
  • McDonald's All-American (2011)
  • First-team Parade All-American (2011)

Austin James Rivers (born August 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rivers led Winter Park High School to back-to-back Florida 6A state championships in 2010 and 2011. He also played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for the Team USA, and was a McDonald's All-American. He was one of the top rated high school basketball players in the class of 2011, being rated as high as No. 1 by Rivals.com. On September 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. Rivers gained national recognition after making a game winning 3-pointer against Duke rival North Carolina in 2012. He was drafted with the 10th pick in the NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans), playing three seasons there before being traded to the Clippers.


On January 16, 2015, Rivers became the first player in NBA history to play for his father, coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.

High school careerEdit

Rivers was ranked #1 by Rivals.com,[1] while being rated as the #3 player by ESPN[2] and Scout.com.[3] In 2010, Rivers ledWinter Park High School to the school's first state title in a 76–57 win against Dr. Phillips High School in the 6A state championship. Rivers scored 23 points in the game.[4] In June 2010, Rivers was a part of the gold medal winning team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship where he set a Team USA record for an U18 event with 35 points against Canada.[5] On August 5, 2010, Rivers was named to the fifth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game,[6] where he was named co-MVP after he had 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.[7]

On September 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. His commitment was widely covered by ESPN and various other sports networks given his status as the Class of 2011's top recruit.[8] He officially signed with the program on November 16, 2010.[9]

On March 5, 2011, Rivers led Winter Park to back to back Florida 6A state championships with a 52–44 victory over Dr. Phillips High School, in which he had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals.[10] Rivers was named the 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on March 10, 2011.[11] He was also an All-American and All-State honoree, and played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for Team USA.

College careerEdit

Austin Rivers warmup

Rivers with Duke in 2010

As a freshman, Rivers played in Duke's exhibition games in China and Dubai during an international tour in August 2011. In the first game against the China men's national basketball team, Rivers scored 18 points on 8–15 shooting and led Duke to a 77–64 victory. In the second game (also against the Chinese national team), Rivers scored 12 points in a 78–66 victory, making several dunks during the first half. In the final game played in Beijing, Rivers chipped in 11 points as Duke topped the Chinese, 93–78.[13] In his team's 86–66 victory over the Dubai national team, he scored 16 points, including 10 in the second quarter, on an array of impressive drives.

On February 8, 2012, his three-point basket as time expired allowed Duke to overcome an 82–72 deficit with two minutes to play in an 85–84 victory over the University of North Carolina.[14] The victory ended North Carolina's 31 game winning streak at the Dean Smith Center.[15]

On March 16, 2012, Rivers' college career ended in the "Round of 64" of the NCAA tournament, when Duke lost to Lehigh University. Rivers shot 5-14 from the field, while playing 34 minutes. Lehigh led for most of the game, earning their first NCAA Tournament victory.[16]

On March 26, 2012, Rivers declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[17]

College statistics Edit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2011–12 Duke 34 33 33.2 .433 .365 .658 3.4 2.1 1.0 .0 15.5

NBA careerEdit

400px-Austin Rivers Pelicans Summer League 2013
On March 26, 2012. Duke announced that Rivers was foregoing his final three years of college and entering the NBA draft.

Rivers wrote on Twitter: "I just want to thank all the fans that have supported me this year. It was so fun playing there and becoming a part of the Duke family! … I appreciate everybody, and the support y’all have given me! Duke nation has truly made me a better person and player! Duke #1"

The New Orleans Hornets, with the No. 10 pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, selected Rivers on June 28, 2012. Rivers chose to wear the #25 jersey, the same number his dad wore when he was in the NBA. The night before Rivers said, "I want to be like my dad, only better." Joining him as a rookie on the Hornets was Anthony Davis, the first overall pick of the draft. On July 24, Rivers agreed on a three-year deal with the Hornets. Before the season, Rivers underwent successful surgery to clean up bone spurs in his right ankle. In his NBA debut, Rivers started his first game, filling in for Eric Gordon, and ended with 7 points on 1-9 shooting. On December 14, 2012, he scored a career high 27 points. On March 6, Austin broke his hand. He had successful surgery on March 12, but missed the remainder of the Hornets' season. For his rookie season, he averaged 6.2 points on 37% shooting from the field and 33% from the 3 point line.

2013–14 season[edit] Edit

On October 16, 2013, the Pelicans exercised their third-year team option on Rivers' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season.[20] On April 12, 2014, Rivers recorded season-highs in points and rebounds with 20 and 10 respectively in the Pelicans' 111–104 loss to the Houston Rockets.[21]

2014–15 season[edit] Edit

On October 24, 2014, the Pelicans declined to exercise their fourth-year team option on Rivers' rookie scale contract, thereby not extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[22][23] On December 20, 2014, he scored a season-high 21 points in a 114–88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[24]

Los Angeles Clippers (2015–present)[edit] Edit

On January 12, 2015, Rivers was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team trade involving the Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies.[25] Three days later, he joined his father at the Los Angeles Clippers after he was traded in a three-team trade involving the Celtics and the Phoenix Suns.[26] On January 16, Rivers made his debut for the Clippers and became the first son to play for his father in an NBA game.[27]

On February 21, 2015, Rivers scored a then career-high 28 points in a 129–98 win over the Sacramento Kings.[28] On May 8, he scored a playoff career-high 25 points in the Clippers' 124–99 victory that gave them a 2–1 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Houston Rockets.[29]

On July 13, 2015, Rivers re-signed with the Clippers.[30] On December 30, 2015, he scored a season-high 22 points in a 122–117 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[31] He topped that mark three days later, scoring 26 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. On February 6, 2016, he was ruled out for four to six weeks with a broken left hand.[32] On March 31, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 119–117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[33] On April 29, Rivers recorded 21 points and 8 assists against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. However, with a 106–103 loss, the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs. In the game, Rivers required 11 stitches above his left eye from a collision in the first quarter.[34]

On July 8, 2016, Rivers again re-signed with the Clippers.[35] On December 14, 2016, he scored a season-high 25 points on 7-of-10 from three-point range and 9-of-12 from the field in a 113–108 win over theOrlando Magic.[36] On January 4, 2017, he set a new season high with 28 points in a 115–106 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

NBA career statistics[edit] Edit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit] Edit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 New Orleans 61 26 23.2 .372 .326 .546 1.8 2.1 .4 .1 6.2
2013–14 New Orleans 69 4 19.4 .405 .364 .636 1.9 2.3 .7 .1 7.7
2014–15 New Orleans 35 3 22.1 .387 .280 .746 1.9 2.5 .5 .2 6.8
2014–15 L.A. Clippers 41 2 19.3 .427 .309 .582 2.0 1.7 .7 .2 7.1
2015–16 L.A. Clippers 67 7 21.9 .438 .335 .681 1.9 1.5 .7 .1 8.9
2016-17 L.A. Clippers 74 29 27.8 .442 .371 .691 2.2 2.8 .7 .1 12.0
Career 349 71 22.6 .418 .345 .651 2.0 2.1 .6 .1 8.4

Playoffs[edit] Edit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 L.A. Clippers 14 2 17.9 .438 .371 .632 1.7 1.1 .7 .3 8.4
2016 L.A. Clippers 6 2 24 .426 .235 .667 2.7 2.7 .5 0 10.3
Career 20 4 20.8 .432 .303 .649 2.2 1.9 .6 .1 9.

Personal Life Edit

Rivers is the son of Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Kristen Rivers (née Campion). His older brother, Jeremiah, played basketball for Georgetown and Indiana and later joined the Maine Red Claws, while his older sister Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida and then played professionally in Puerto Rico. His younger brother, Spencer, is a guard who currently plays for UC Irvine.

He was named Austin after former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Austin Carr, while his middle name, James, is in honor of his great uncle Jim Brewer.

Awards/Honors Edit

  • 2010 Fiba America U18 Champion
  • 2010 Fiba America U18 MVP
  • 2010 Boost Mobile Elite team selection
  • 2010 Boost Mobile Elite co-MVP
  • 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award
  • 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award winner
  • 2011 McDonald's All-American team selection
  • 2011 Jordan Brand High School All-American team selection
  • 2011 Nike Hoop Summit
  • 2011 All-Freshmen Team Select

ReferencesEdit

See AlsoEdit

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