Originally Posted by HRoi
i have only seen Austin Rivers play in one game, but from what i can see the kid is the most awful "high upside" prospect i've seen in awhile. he doesn't seem particularly quick or shifty, and seems like an average ballhandler shooter. i know shooting is supposed to be his strength, so maybe it was one bad game, and maybe his ankle is still bothering him.
the worst part is that he'll get the ball, put his head down and try to worm his way to the rim. doesn't work against experienced NBA defenders unless you're supremely gifted like Lebron, and i could tell his teammates were getting a little pissed at his ball stopping.
i'm sure he'll get better after a few more games, but he needs a strong coach to beat the ballhog gene out of his system. experience tells us that it's not easy to do
The times that I saw him play, I was shocked that scouts thought he was NBA ready and more shocked that his dad did not force him to stay in school and build up his body and his skills. Its not like he went to the draft because he needed the money. He was at least 2 years away from being NBA caliber and jumping into the NBA so soon is going to retard, not help his growth.
I hope the Lakers get Isiah Thomas to coach.