Austin Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is entering the NBA Draft... but is it too soon?
His ensuing season made even more people believe that perhaps he should stay in school for another year. Not that he wasn't good, but Rivers hasn't really done enough to put himself squarely at the top of the draft, which is where he might be taken if he sticks around for another year or two.
Still, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers is taking his talents to the NBA, announcing that he'll leave Duke after only one season and enter the NBA Draft.
Most people think that at best, he'll be a low level lottery pick. At worst, he might drop to around 20th.
For most people, that's a sign that they should stay in school for another year. For Rivers, there might be a different plan.
As previously stated, Austin Rivers is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers. The Celtics aren't exactly title contenders, but they're not a lottery team either.
I assume that Doc has never coached one of his son's basketball teams, because he's been busy coaching NBA teams for quite a few years now.
The Celtics are beginning their rebuilding process as the "Big 3" get ready to disband, but GM Danny Ainge can't afford to field a lottery-caliber team in Boston. Doc and Austin Rivers might realize that their one chance to get the two of them on the same team is if he comes out now, and drops down to the Celtics at around the #16-18 range.
Is that why Rivers is bucking the trend for Duke players and leaving after his freshman year? Or does he (and his family) really think this is the best move for his career? He certainly doesn't need the money, and he could probably use another year or two in college to hone his skills. What do you think? Is this a Rivers family power move?