Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Rivers' expectations for sophomore year
By Nick Borges
Austin Rivers struggled in 2012-13 as a rookie averaging 6.2 points (shooting 37.2 percent from the floor) and 2.1 assists. He is back healthy and has spent the entire offseason working on all facets of the game. He is certain 2013-14 will be a big season.
"I can't wait for the year to start because this is the best that I've ever felt and it's showing when I'm playing,'' Rivers tells The Times-Picayune. "Mentally, I have 100 percent confidence right now, where last year I was trying to figure things out. So now when that ball tips off, I'm just thinking about winning, playing and having fun.''
The biggest issue regarding Rivers is what backcourt position is he best at. He fancies himself as a point guard, but really he's a scoring guard at heart. During summer league action back in July he played at shooting guard and was solid through the event. Head coach Monty Williams may play him at point guard, too, as a way to get him on the floor.
Heading into the season Rivers is at best the fourth best guard on the team behind Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.