Duke's Austin Rivers is unafraid to fail

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 25, 2012 - 12:44 PM

The self-assured son of the Celtics coach could help fill the Timberwolves' most glaring need: a shooting guard.

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adri0801Jun. 25, 1212:19 AM

Not sure if he would make that great of a pro..

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hoopdreams01Jun. 25, 12 8:27 AM

Not sure about Rivers - I didn't see alot of him though. Waiters of Syracuse really impressd me with blow-by scoring ability, but it sounds like the Wolves would have to make a trade to get him.

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twinsfan69Jun. 25, 1212:19 PM

Do not...I repeat...DO NOT draft this kid. He certainly is talented, but his attitude is Moss-like. It's all about Austin and the team is an afterthought. He went to high school where I live and I've watched numerous games (both HS and college) and I can't tell you how many team huddles found Rivers looking elsewhere, completely disinterested in what the coaches were saying (Even the ever-praised Coach K). He's also a volume shooter, who needs to chuck up a bunch of shots to get his points, and he's average-at-best defensively. Think a cross between JJ Redick's defense and Stephon Marbury offense and attitude. Sound like a player you'd want?

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oldmannickelJun. 25, 1212:42 PM

Take him if he's there. You missed on a sure thing with Stephon Curry a few years back, don't mess this one up either.

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twinsfan69Jun. 25, 12 3:37 PM

Rivers is FAR from a sure thing, and there's a reason he's fallen from a lock top-5 pick to a possibility for the Wolves. He's a marginal longe-range shooter with a quick first step. Steph Curry hit everything in sight, passed pretty well (Which Rivers hasn't shown at all), and showed excellent feel for the game (which, for Rivers, is decent, but not even close to Curry). Couldn't agree more with the Steph Curry statement. Couldn't disagree more with Rivers. You did watch him in at least a few college games, right?

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