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25 Austin Rivers SG
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 8/1/1992 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Team: New Orleans Pelicans | College: Duke | NBA Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 14/5 | Average Draft Position: 170.58
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Pelicans don't pick up option on Austin Rivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Pelicans decided not to pick up an option on guard Austin Rivers, according to the Times-Picayune.

The decision is due to finances. The club is reportedly happy with Rivers as a player, but the move could bring poor salary cap issues in the future. Rivers averaged 7.7 points per game last season. 


Austin Rivers scores 12 points in return from illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers returned to action Friday night, scoring 12 points on 5 of 9 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 1 of 2 from the free throw line in a 102-95 victory over the Jazz.

Rivers did all of his work in 22 minutes of game action, also adding three rebounds, two assists and one steal. He is averaging 10.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds over his last four games played.

Austin Rivers expected back Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers is expected back in the starting lineup Friday against the Jazz, after sitting out the team's alst game due to a respiratory infection. Rivers got a few days off in order to rest, and told The Times-Picayune he is feeling much better after testing himself Thursday.

"I got a good workout yesterday, and today we had a pretty tough shootaround," he said Friday. "I was able to get a pretty good wind, so I'll be fine. At the end of the day, when you go out there and start playing your adrenaline gets going, you forget everything. I'm just going to go out there and play."

Rivers has stepped his game up recently, averaging 10.0 points and 2.8 assists per game in the month of March. He might end up in the starting lineup Friday with Brian Roberts and Eric Gordon at risk due to knee injuries. 


Pelicans shorthanded in backcourt Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) The Pelicans will be without a trio of guards for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, two of whom were ruled out shortly before game time.

Though Eric Gordon's status has been known as he deals with knee tendinitis, he is joined on the sidelines by Brian Roberts (knee) and Austin Rivers (illness), both whom were only ruled out an house before tip.

All three will be considered day to day moving forward, with the Mavericks up next on the schedule Thursday. 


Austin Rivers scores 14 points vs. Knicks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers scored 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting in his team's 98-91 loss to the Knicks Wednesday.

It was Rivers' best scoring performance in eight February games as well as the first time this season he shot 60 percent while taking a minimum of 10 shots. He also chipped in three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes Wednesday. Rivers has averaged 6.1 points and 15.9 minutes over 41 games played.


Austin Rivers looking for consistent role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers has seen his role shrink a bit in recent games, as he failed to eclipse the 20-minute mark for the second straight game Tuesday against the Cavaliers.

Rivers did well with his 16 minutes Tuesday, scoring seven points on 2 of 3 shooting with one 3-pointer in as many attempts. He added two rebounds and turned the ball over twice as well in the 100-89 win.

Rivers has improved on his dreadful rookie campaign, but has seen his role shrink amid a reshaped rotation. He is averaging just 5.6 points per game, despite improving his shooting to 39.9 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three-point range. 


Austin Rivers scores season-high 17 points vs. Nuggets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers scored a season-high 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting while playing a season-high 21 minutes in Sunday's 102-93 loss to the Nuggets.

Rivers hit two of his four three-point attempts and five of his seven free throws off the bench while also recording one assist and one rebound. He'll be a candidate for more consistent playing time if he can replicate Sunday's efficient shooting performance on a regular basis.


Austin Rivers in a 'tough spot' in rotation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers has struggled to get playing time this season, and his coach admits that is a difficult situation for a young player to be in.

"He's just got to keep working," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams told the Times-Picayune Sunday. "It's a tough spot for a young guy, especially when you work as hard as he does.

Rivers has played just 25 minutes in four games thus far, while sitting out three full games. The Pelicans' guard depth has made it hard for him to find playing time, whereas injuries allowed him to find the floor as a rookie.

"We play the guys that are going to help us win," Williams continued. "That's the bottom line. I've got to do my job. So I can't worry about all that other stuff."

Rivers could see some more playing time moving forward, as he did Sunday against the Suns, when he logged 12 minutes off the bench in a 101-94 loss. Tyreke Evans suffered an aggravation of a lingering ankle injury Sunday, the extent of which is not yet known.

 


Austin Rivers not seeing time on court


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) New Orleans guard Austin Rivers has been a DNP-CD in three of the four games to begin the year for the Pelicans. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans have been holding down the spots at his position. 

Rivers has yet to amount to much of anything in the NBA at the age of 21 years old. He's going to need playing time first. 


Austin Rivers appears first in second game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers struggled to get going Friday against the Magic, in his first appearance of the season. Rivers played 13 minutes off the bench in a 110-90 blowout loss, scoring three points on 1 of 4 shooting. He added two rebounds and one assist. 

Pelicans exercise options for Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) The Pelicans exercised their options for the third season of forward Anthony Davis and guard Austin Rivers' rookie contracts Wednesday.  

Rivers and Davis were both top-10 picks in last season's draft, though they had very different rookie seasons. Davis was a member of the All-Rookie First Team, while Rivers was mostly a reserve before a hand injury ended his season abruptly. 


Austin Rivers scores 21 off the bench in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers led the way off the bench in Saturday's preseason opener against the Rockets. He converted 7 of 18 field goal attempts, including two missed 3-pointers, and 7 of 13 free throws in a 116-115 win. He finished with 21 points, five assists, two steals and a rebound.

Rivers goes under the knife


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2013) New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Hornets guard Austin Rivers underwent successful surgery repair a fracture on his right hand Tuesday and is scheduled to miss up to four to six weeks, which essentially puts him in danger of missing the remainder of the season.