Austin Rivers has elevated himself from “worst rookie PER ever” (5.9 LOL are you serious?) to “bad backup PG, worse than Brian Roberts”. This is an impressive leap for a guy I thought would never have positive win-shares. It’s doubtful that he ever lives up to the hype of his high-school days, but if he focuses on his strengths (crossing up dudes and taking it to the rim), I foresee him getting a deal somewhere after his rookie contract is up. That deal might be in China or Italy, but I guarantee you, this kid isn’t going to be selling cutlery door-to-door.
He’ll probably also start a website called austinriverscrossoverclinic.net, and sell an eight-volume DVD set of him teaching the art of the crossover, all for a mere $50. Austin, if you need somebody to edit your DVD, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.