Fearthehat0307 New Orleans Pelicans Fan Baton Rouge, LA Member since Dec 2007 55597 posts
re: Austin Rivers 1.8ppg last 5 (Posted on 1/8/13 at 2:45 pm to Solo)
quote: Is it too much to ask the wise ones of HT to wait a year or two before we cast him into the recycle bin?
i think most on here realized he was a project when we drafted him. i expected at least a year or two before he started to reach his potential. i really believe he could've benefited from another year in college but i'm not even close to calling him a bust. rational ones had realistic expectations for his growth period
TigerinATL New Orleans Pelicans Fan Member since Feb 2005 35187 posts
re: Austin Rivers 1.8ppg last 5 (Posted on 1/8/13 at 2:48 pm to danman6336)
quote: I now realize he's a career bench player with very limited offensive skills
He's shooting 35% from 3 so he only needs a little improvement there. If he could hit FTs at 80% and learn to finish he'd actually be pretty good. I said before the draft that I was concerned that a coaches son was so bad at FTs, so I do wonder how fixable his problems are, but he's really close to being a useful player. The question is can hard work give him what he's missing.
Fun Bunch New Orleans Pelicans Fan New Orleans Member since May 2008 28680 posts
re: Austin Rivers 1.8ppg last 5 (Posted on 1/8/13 at 2:55 pm to quail man)
The amount of hate he gets on the internet is just insane. I've never seen anything like it with any player this young. Go look at RealGM...every thread about the Hornets devolves into a how much Austin Rivers sucks and that he should die thread.
aswemajor New Orleans Pelicans Fan Baton Rouge Member since May 2011 1198 posts
re: Austin Rivers 1.8ppg last 5 (Posted on 1/8/13 at 6:32 pm to TigerinATL)
quote: He's shooting 35% from 3 so he only needs a little improvement there
Yeah but most of his 3's have only come because he had really high confidence at that moment. Like he had just hit a couple easy buckets or was having a good game. He really is not a great 3 pt shooter. just look at his form. he needs a lot more improvement on his shooting form(push that elbow in) and if he starts to attack the bucket more often he will start to knock a few shots down. His free throw % will go up just by his work ethic. I remember even hearing the guys on the Atlanta feed talk about how Rivers was out shooting free throws 2h before tip off.