Austin Rivers preseason stats so far:
9.0 PPG on 29/14/75 shooting, 3.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.4 SPG in 30.2 MPG.
I don't care if it's preseason, there's no excuse for that.
You expected more? Rivers has always been a very selfish combo guard who scores in bunches when he gets hot. He has never had good court vision, commonly missing open looks down low for Plumlee at Duke. Thing is, when he gets cold, he doesn't notice it and keeps shooting. You could say this is a good thing because maybe he is getting good looks and the ball isn't falling in the net.
Sadly its not. Rivers becomes the biggest black-hole and will try to force any and every shot until something goes down.
But Cult, I thought Rivers was a really good player? He was drafted 10th overall!?
I know, young child, but he really wasn't that good to begin with and was carried by the hype machine after that good game at North Carolina, highlighting the game winning three. The Hornets must have thought Rivers was going to be Stephen Curry with a bit worse shooting and no injury problems, which is a really good player.
But the glaring problem is, Curry was a legit beast in college, averaging a cool 45/41/87 in shooting.
Now lets look over at Rivers one and only year at Duke before he hopped over to the NBA, and you will see a very good statline 43/37/65. Oh wow, that reminds me of Stephen Curr- wait no it doesn't.
From my diagnosis, Austin Rivers suffers from a severe case of Chucker's Syndrome, a very common disease seen in the NBA. Right now, there isn't a known cure to the ailment, and the only way to overcome it is to actually be worth a crap.
My prognosis, Austin Rivers of the New Orleans Hornets will not be able to overcome this, being not good enough to get the job done, or smart enough to notice this isn't really working.