Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers

Rivers with the Pelicans in January 2014
No. 25 Los Angeles Clippers
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-08-01) August 1, 1992
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 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
20122015 New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans
2015–present Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Austin James Rivers (born August 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player 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 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 career

Rivers was ranked #1 by,[1] while being rated as the #3 player by ESPN[2] and[3] In 2010, Rivers led Winter 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.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Austin Rivers
Winter Park, Florida Winter Park 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 30, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars

College career

Rivers with Duke in 2011

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

2011–12 Duke 343333.2.433.365.6583.

NBA career

New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans (2012–2015)

2012–13 season

Rivers playing for the Pelicans during the 2013 NBA Summer League.

Rivers was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 10th overall pick the 2012 NBA draft. Rivers chose to wear the #25 jersey, the same number his father 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, 2012, Rivers signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets.[18] Three days later, Rivers underwent successful surgery to clean up bone spurs in his right ankle.[19]

On October 31, 2012, Rivers made his NBA debut in the Hornets' season opener against the San Antonio Spurs. In 24 minutes as a starter, he scored 7 points on 1-of-9 shooting in a 99–95 loss.[20] On December 14, he scored a then career-high 27 points in a 113–102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[21] On March 6, 2013, he broke his hand and subsequently required surgery that forced him to miss the remainder of the season.[22] For his rookie season, he averaged 6.2 points on 37% shooting from the field and 33% from three-point range. In April 2013, the Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans.

2013–14 season

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.[23] 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.[24]

2014–15 season

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.[25][26] On December 20, 2014, he scored a season-high 21 points in a 114–88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[27]

Los Angeles Clippers (2015–present)

On January 12, 2015, Rivers was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team trade involving the Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies.[28] 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.[29] On January 16, Rivers made his debut for the Clippers and became the first son to play for his father in an NBA game.[30]

On February 21, 2015, Rivers scored a then career-high 28 points in a 129–98 win over the Sacramento Kings.[31] 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.[32]

On July 13, 2015, Rivers re-signed with the Clippers.[33] On December 30, 2015, he scored a season-high 22 points in a 122–117 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[34] 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.[35] On March 31, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 119–117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[36] 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.[37]

On July 8, 2016, Rivers again re-signed with the Clippers.[38] On October 30, 2016, he scored a game-high 19 points in an 88–75 win over the Utah Jazz.[39]

NBA career statistics

  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

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
Career 273 42 21.2 .408 .329 .637 1.9 2.0 .6 .2 7.4


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 9.3

Personal life

Rivers was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Kristen Rivers (née Campion).[40][41] 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.[42]


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  13. Duke Tops China, 93-78, Sweeps Series
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  15. "Austin Rivers' 3-pointer caps Duke rally, stuns North Carolina". February 28, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  16. Rapid Reaction: Lehigh 75, Duke 70
  17. Rivers Officially Declares For NBA Draft
  18. Rookies Davis, Rivers sign contracts with Hornets
  19. Austin Rivers Undergoes Successful Surgery
  20. Notebook: Spurs 99, Hornets 95
  21. Notebook: Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102
  22. Rivers has Successful Surgery
  24. Notebook: Rockets 111, Pelicans 104
  25. Pelicans pick up fourth-year option on Anthony Davis' contract, but not Austin Rivers'
  26. Pelicans Decline Fourth-Year Option On Austin Rivers
  27. Aldridge leads Trail Blazers over Pelicans 114-88
  28. Boston Celtics Complete Three-Team Trade
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