Austin Rivers’ NBA career has been less than stellar. The once highly touted freshman out of Duke with one of the most recognizable basketball fathers has become a bit of a joke around the league. But first, lets relive the one moment that Austin Rivers was more than just Doc’s son:
Not long after this buzzer beater in front of the country, Austin Rivers led the Duke Blue Devils to being on the wrong side of one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history.
His career hasn’t gotten much better since. Despite being selected by New Orleans with the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Austin did a whole lot of nothing and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers to play for his father in 2014. Ever since that fateful day, Austin Rivers has been on the receiving end of jokes by seemingly everybody.
He definitely took some physical L’s along the way too…
However, if Austin Rivers is considering a career change, I might suggest clairvoyance.
For those of you who are wondering what “go Oscar” means, Rivers is referring to the former great basketball player Oscar Robertson. Robertson is the only player to average a triple-double for an entire season, and he holds the record for the most triple-doubles in a season with 41. Both records are widely regarded as two of the most impressive individual statistics in NBA history. As of today, Russell Westbrook has recorded 38 triple-doubles and is averaging 31.8 PPG, 10.4 APG, and 10.6 RPG with 8 games left to play. He has 9 triple-doubles in his past 10 games and is coming off of a 57 point performance, which set the record for most points scored in a game by a player who tallied a triple-double.
For Austin Rivers to call this historic season for Westbrook only two hours after Kevin Durant announced that he was leaving OKC to join the Golden State Warriors is pretty cool. Russell only had 37 triple-doubles in his career before this season. He has more than doubled that with 8 games to go. Granted, he is taking 8 more shots per game than last year, but at about the same FG% as his career average (.425 vs. .433). He is also setting a career high in 3PT% and is only .002% off of his career best in FT%. This is the best prolonged individual performance that I’ve seen on a basketball court and I should’ve seen it coming from Austin Rivers. Westbrook’s ferociousness, tenacity, durability, and pure athleticism makes every game he plays must-watch. I haven’t been so excited to watch a player on TV since Steph Curry broke out a couple of years ago.
Just watch him take over the game when his team needs him the most.
From now on, I’m going to keep a close eye on Austin Rivers’ tweets, as he obviously knows things that we don’t.