I know it can come down to a matter of the best player available but what position do you think the hornets are looking to get?
a guy like Willie Cauley matched up with davis could be a nigtmare
cant see them giving up on Rivers already.... unless the ship gordon and move river to sg...
I'm sure its just growing pains but Rivers did not look good at all tonight. This was my first time seeing him in NBA regular season action. I was expecting more. Athleticism looked mediocre (maybe he's playing hurt), he looked confused at times, lacked confidence, lacked agressiveness, passive, missed reads on some passes and I didn't see a single counter move while dribbling.
I didn't watch the game, but judging by the box score, that was probably Austin's best game so far.
In your short post you mentioned a couple of aspects of his game that I always thought were overrated (good eye BTW). Both his athleticism and his handle are overrated. His first step is good, his 2ndary burst is not and neither is his explosiveness off the ground. The best ball-handlers can get their defender leaning and use counters. Austin uses moves like he's practicing them by himself in his driveway. In other words, he predetermines his moves and if his opponent jumps his move, he has trouble countering.
They could go any number of directions. I'd go BPA at any of PG, C, SF with C being the priority. More importantly, they just need scoring.
I personally don't think Rivers will ever be a good PG (or player for that matter, but that's another story). As a PG he just doesn't have good instincts. The kid was born with the ball in his hands trying to score... like a Tyreke. That's the only way he knows how to play. Put him in any other role and he has to think too much, in the end handcuffing himself because he doesn't know how to execute simple plays. Which leads to him looking like what was posted above: confused and passive. The sooner they end the PG experiment and just use him as an attacking 6th man, who can play on the ball, the better it will be for both the Hornets and Austin himself.
The kid has been playing through injuries since pre season. What is really holding Austin back is the absence of Eric Gordon.
Austin Rivers is as much a PG as OJ Mayo. I don't see him as a PG at all.
Draft a PG????? For what?????? They need a true center to bang in the paint. Vasquez is holding his own and putting up quality numbers in the minutes he's playing. Rivers will end up being the 6th man next season.
Vazquez is playing fairly well, better than I expected but he's just a stopgap. I agree they should put C as #1 on their list of priorities, but if for some reason the C's they target don't fall to them they should try to get their PG of the future. WIth the glut of talent at the position already in the league, maybe they should trade for one.