Austin Rivers Should Be Given A Chance To Start for the New Orleans Pelicans

By Trevor Lowry
Austin Rivers
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Austin Rivers may not be a starter entering the 2013-14 NBA season, but he is definitely talented enough to earn that role at some point for the New Orleans Pelicans and he should eventually be given that chance.

It does not help that Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are on the team, but Rivers should at the very least earn more playing time.

He did start 26 games last season, but the minutes would suggest otherwise.

All three of those players are proven scorers in this league. It will be interesting to see how they are all worked into the lineup and how that will affect Rivers’ playing time.

In 23.2 minutes per game last season, Rivers managed to score 6.2 points per game and averaged 2.1 assists per game. He also shot 37.2 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from behind the arc.

It is interesting to see New Orleans bringing in talented guards when it did just draft Rivers No. 10 overall in the NBA draft one season ago. I am sure that the Pelicans are not giving up on him yet or at least I would hope so.

Rivers was great for the Duke Blue Devils in his first and only season with the team. Although college success does not always lead to success in the pros, the Pelicans need to take a chance on Rivers. He has a lot of talent and a pretty good shot to go along with that.

No, he was not the best rookie in the league last season by any means, but he is good enough to start for New Orleans. He just needs to be given a shot and his game will do the rest of the work.

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