Austin Rivers

Austin James Rivers (born August 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rivers led Winter Park High School to back-to-back Florida 6A state championships in 2010 and 2011. He also played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for the Team USA, and was a McDonald's All-American. He was one of the top rated high school basketball players in the class of 2011, being rated as high as No. 1 by Rivals.com. On September 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. Rivers gained national recognition after making a game winning 3-pointer against Duke rival North Carolina in 2012. He was drafted with the 10th pick in the NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans), playing three seasons there before being traded to the Clippers. After three years with the Clippers, he was traded to the Wizards in June 2018. In December 2018, he joined the Rockets.

On January 16, 2015, Rivers became the first player in NBA history to play for his father, coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers (31585856272)
Rivers with the Clippers in 2017
No. 25 – Houston Rockets
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornAugust 1, 1992 (age 26)
Santa Monica, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolWinter Park (Winter Park, Florida)
CollegeDuke (2011–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Playing career2012–present
Career history
20122015New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans
20152018Los Angeles Clippers
2018Washington Wizards
2018–presentHouston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school career

In 2010, Rivers led Winter Park High School to the school's first state title in a 76–57 win against Dr. Phillips High School in the 6A state championship. Rivers scored 23 points in the game.[1] In June 2010, Rivers was a part of the gold medal winning team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship where he set a Team USA record for an U18 event with 35 points against Canada.[2] On August 5, 2010, Rivers was named to the fifth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game,[3] where he was named co-MVP after he had 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.[4]

On September 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. His commitment was widely covered by ESPN and various other sports networks given his status as the Class of 2011's top recruit.[5] He officially signed with the program on November 16, 2010.[6]

On March 5, 2011, Rivers led Winter Park to back to back Florida 6A state championships with a 52–44 victory over Dr. Phillips High School, in which he had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals.[7] Rivers was named the 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on March 10, 2011.[8] He was also an All-American and All-State honoree, and played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for Team USA.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Austin Rivers
SG[9]
Winter Park, Florida Winter Park High 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sep 30, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
   Rivals:
5 stars
   247Sports:
5 stars
   ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (SG); 3 (national); 2 (school)   Rivals: 1 (SG); 1 (national)  ESPN: 3 (national)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2011 Duke Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  • "2011 Duke College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects". Scout.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  • "Duke Blue Devils 2011 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017.

College career

Austin Rivers warmup
Rivers with Duke in 2011

As a freshman, Rivers played in Duke's exhibition games in China and Dubai during an international tour in August 2011. In the first game against the China men's national basketball team, Rivers scored 18 points on 8–15 shooting and led Duke to a 77–64 victory. In the second game (also against the Chinese national team), Rivers scored 12 points in a 78–66 victory, making several dunks during the first half. In the final game played in Beijing, Rivers chipped in 11 points as Duke topped the Chinese, 93–78.[10] In his team's 86–66 victory over the Dubai national team, he scored 16 points, including 10 in the second quarter, on an array of impressive drives.

On February 8, 2012, his three-point basket as time expired allowed Duke to overcome an 82–72 deficit with two minutes to play in an 85–84 victory over the University of North Carolina.[11] The victory ended North Carolina's 31 game winning streak at the Dean Smith Center.[12]

On March 16, 2012, Rivers' college career ended in the "Round of 64" of the NCAA tournament, when Duke lost to Lehigh University. Rivers shot 5-14 from the field, while playing 34 minutes. Lehigh led for most of the game, earning their first NCAA Tournament victory.[13]

On March 26, 2012, Rivers declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[14]

Professional career

New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans (2012–2015)

2012–13 season

Rivers was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 10th overall pick the 2012 NBA draft. Rivers chose to wear the #25 jersey, the same number his father wore when he was in the NBA. The night before Rivers said, "I want to be like my dad, only better." Joining him as a rookie on the Hornets was Anthony Davis, the first overall pick of the draft. On July 24, 2012, Rivers signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets.[15] Three days later, Rivers underwent successful surgery to clean up bone spurs in his right ankle.[16]

On October 31, 2012, Rivers made his NBA debut in the Hornets' season opener against the San Antonio Spurs. In 24 minutes as a starter, he scored 7 points on 1-of-9 shooting in a 99–95 loss.[17] On December 14, he scored a then career-high 27 points in a 113–102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[18] On March 6, 2013, he broke his hand and subsequently required surgery that forced him to miss the remainder of the season.[19] For his rookie season, he averaged 6.2 points on 37% shooting from the field and 33% from three-point range. In April 2013, the Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans.

2013–14 season

On October 16, 2013, the Pelicans exercised their third-year team option on Rivers' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season.[20] On April 12, 2014, Rivers recorded season-highs in points and rebounds with 20 and 10 respectively in the Pelicans' 111–104 loss to the Houston Rockets.[21]

2014–15 season

On October 24, 2014, the Pelicans declined to exercise their fourth-year team option on Rivers' rookie scale contract, thereby not extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[22][23] On December 20, 2014, he scored a season-high 21 points in a 114–88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[24]

Los Angeles Clippers (2015–2018)

On January 12, 2015, Rivers was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team trade involving the Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies.[25] Three days later, he joined his father at the Los Angeles Clippers after he was traded in a three-team trade involving the Celtics and the Phoenix Suns.[26] On January 16, Rivers made his debut for the Clippers and became the first son to play for his father in an NBA game.[27] On February 21, Rivers scored a then career-high 28 points in a 129–98 win over the Sacramento Kings.[28] On May 8, he scored a playoff career-high 25 points in the Clippers' 124–99 victory that gave them a 2–1 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Houston Rockets.[29]

On July 13, 2015, Rivers re-signed with the Clippers.[30] On February 6, 2016, he was ruled out for four to six weeks with a broken left hand.[31] On March 31, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 119–117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[32] On April 29, Rivers recorded 21 points and eight assists against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. However, with a 106–103 loss, the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs. In the game, Rivers required 11 stitches above his left eye from a collision in the first quarter.[33]

On July 8, 2016, Rivers again re-signed with the Clippers.[34] On December 14, 2016, he scored a season-high 25 points on 7-of-10 from three-point range and 9-of-12 from the field in a 113–108 win over the Orlando Magic.[35] On January 4, 2017, he set a new season high with 28 points in a 115–106 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[36] He averaged career highs of 12.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists during the 2016–17 regular season, but due to a strained left hamstring, Rivers missed the last six games of the regular season and the first four games of the playoffs before returning in Game 5 of the Clippers' first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz.[37]

On December 3, 2017, Rivers scored a season-high 30 points in a 112–106 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[38] On December 22, 2017, he scored 30 of his career-high 36 points in the second half of the Clippers' 128–118 win over the Houston Rockets.[39] The following night, he set a new career high with 38 points in a 115–112 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[40] Rivers missed 18 games between late December and early February with a heel bruise.[41][42]

Washington Wizards (2018)

On June 26, 2018, Rivers was traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat.[43][44] On December 17, 2018, Rivers was traded with Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Phoenix Suns for Trevor Ariza.[45] Rivers was waived by the Suns the following day.[46]

Houston Rockets (2018–present)

On December 24, 2018, Rivers signed with the Houston Rockets.[47] On January 5, 2019, he scored a season-high 21 points in a 110–101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[48] On April 8, in a 149–113 blowout win against the Phoenix Suns, Rivers made the 27th three-pointer of the game with 1:09 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, beating the Rockets’ own previous record of most made threes by one team in a game (26).[49][50]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 New Orleans 61 26 23.2 .372 .326 .546 1.8 2.1 .4 .1 6.2
2013–14 New Orleans 69 4 19.4 .405 .364 .636 1.9 2.3 .7 .1 7.7
2014–15 New Orleans 35 3 22.1 .387 .280 .746 1.9 2.5 .5 .2 6.8
2014–15 L.A. Clippers 41 2 19.3 .427 .309 .582 2.0 1.7 .7 .2 7.1
2015–16 L.A. Clippers 67 7 21.9 .438 .335 .681 1.9 1.5 .7 .1 8.9
2016–17 L.A. Clippers 74 29 27.8 .442 .371 .691 2.2 2.8 .7 .1 12.0
2017–18 L.A. Clippers 61 59 33.7 .424 .378 .642 2.4 4.0 1.2 .3 15.1
2018–19 Washington 29 2 23.6 .392 .311 .543 2.4 2.0 .6 .3 7.2
2018–19 Houston 47 13 28.6 .413 .321 .510 1.9 2.3 .6 .3 8.7
Career 484 145 24.6 .417 .347 .637 2.0 2.4 .7 .2 9.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 L.A. Clippers 14 2 17.9 .438 .371 .632 1.7 1.1 .7 .3 8.4
2016 L.A. Clippers 6 2 24.0 .426 .235 .667 2.7 2.7 .5 .0 10.3
2017 L.A. Clippers 3 2 30.1 .346 .308 1.000 2.7 .7 .3 .3 8.0
Career 23 6 21.1 .422 .323 .667 2.1 1.5 .6 .2 8.8

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Duke 34 33 33.2 .433 .365 .658 3.4 2.1 1.0 .0 15.5

Personal life

Rivers was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Kristen Rivers (née Campion).[51][52] His older brother, Jeremiah, played basketball for Georgetown and Indiana and later joined the Maine Red Claws, while his older sister Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida and then played professionally in Puerto Rico. His younger brother, Spencer, is a guard who currently plays for UC Irvine.

He was named Austin after former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Austin Carr, while his middle name, James, is in honor of his great-uncle Jim Brewer.[53]

References

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  13. ^ Rapid Reaction: Lehigh 75, Duke 70
  14. ^ Rivers Officially Declares For NBA Draft
  15. ^ Rookies Davis, Rivers sign contracts with Hornets
  16. ^ Austin Rivers Undergoes Successful Surgery
  17. ^ Notebook: Spurs 99, Hornets 95
  18. ^ Notebook: Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102
  19. ^ Rivers has Successful Surgery
  20. ^ PELICANS EXERCISE THIRD-YEAR OPTIONS ON ANTHONY DAVIS AND AUSTIN RIVERS
  21. ^ Notebook: Rockets 111, Pelicans 104
  22. ^ Pelicans pick up fourth-year option on Anthony Davis' contract, but not Austin Rivers'
  23. ^ Pelicans Decline Fourth-Year Option On Austin Rivers
  24. ^ Aldridge leads Trail Blazers over Pelicans 114-88
  25. ^ Boston Celtics Complete Three-Team Trade
  26. ^ LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ACQUIRE AUSTIN RIVERS IN THREE-TEAM TRADE
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External links

2011–12 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Returning as head coach was Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They ended the season with 27–7 overall record, 13–3 in ACC play, finishing in 2nd place. In the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament they reached the semifinals, when they were defeated by eventual champs Florida State. They earned a #2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, but lost to #15 seed Lehigh in the round of 64.

2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, part of the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place from March 8–11 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Florida State Seminoles gave the state of Florida its first-ever ACC tournament win, capturing their first ACC championship in their 21st season in the league.

2012 NBA draft

The 2012 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2012, at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The draft started at 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (2300 UTC), and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. This draft marked the first time that the first two players selected were from the same school (Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were teammates at Kentucky). It also set a record of having six players from one school (Kentucky) being selected in the two rounds of the draft and was the first draft to have the first three selections be college freshmen all from the same conference, the Southeastern Conference. Not only that, but it also featured the oldest player to ever get selected in an NBA draft, with Bernard James being 27 years old at the time of the draft. Of the players drafted, 30 are forwards, 21 are guards, and 9 are centers.

The 2012 NBA draft marked the first appearance of the Brooklyn Nets. This draft also marks the last draft appearance for the New Orleans Hornets. After the 2012–13 season, the franchise was renamed as the New Orleans Pelicans. New Orleans made their first draft appearance as the Pelicans in 2013.

2012 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose at least a first and second 5-man team. The NABC, TSN and AP choose third teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2012 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

2013–14 New Orleans Pelicans season

The 2013–14 New Orleans Pelicans season was the franchise's 12th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the first under the "Pelicans" name.

2014–15 Boston Celtics season

The 2014–15 Boston Celtics season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA)., The Boston Celtics finished the regular season with a 40–42 won-loss record, which was the 2nd best in the Atlantic division

The Celtics made several transactions during the season. Rajon Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on December 18, 2014, Austin Rivers was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans on January 12, but three days later, he was again traded to the Los Angeles Clippers after refusing to suit up for the Celtics, and in February, Isaiah Thomas was acquired from the Phoenix Suns.

On March 9, 2015, the Celtics passed the previous season's win total of 25 with a 100–90 win over the Miami Heat.

On April 13, 2015, the Celtics qualified for the playoffs for the 7th time in the last 8 seasons and for the first time since 2012–13. Their season ended after being swept in the first round playoff series by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2014–15 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2014–15 Los Angeles Clippers season is the 45th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 37th season in Southern California, and their 31st season in Los Angeles. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer became the new owner of Clippers. The team finished 56-26 on the season, only one game fewer than the previous season, clinching the third spot for the NBA Playoffs.

In the playoffs, the Clippers faced the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in the First Round, winning in seven games after Chris Paul hit a game winning layup with 1 second on the clock and Matt Barnes blocked a desperate final inbound pass by the Spurs as time expired to seal the victory and the series, winning Game 7 111–109. However, in the Semifinals, the Clippers' season ended with a Game 7 loss to the Houston Rockets after leading the series 3–1, missing out on what would've been the Clippers' first Western Conference Finals appearance in franchise history. The Rockets would go on to lose the Western Conference Finals to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in 5 games.

2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 46th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 38th season in Southern California, and their 32nd season in Los Angeles.

On July 8, despite offers from the Dallas Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan returned to the Clippers with a 4-year, $87.7 million deal.

During the offseason the Clippers signed veteran and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce and he played the rest of his career as a Clipper. The signing reunited Pierce with his former coach Doc Rivers, who coached the Celtics from 2004-2013 and won them a championship in 2008.

The Clippers played most of the season without Blake Griffin, who broke his hand in a fight and was subsequently suspended for 4 games. He returned on April 3 after sitting out 45 games.

The Clippers entered the playoffs against the 5th-seeded 44–38 Portland Trail Blazers who were 9 games behind them. However, injuries robbed the team and that was their undoing as they were eliminated in the first round in six games by the Trail Blazers for the first time since 2013, when the team was eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies.

2016–17 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2016–17 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 47th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 39th season in Southern California, and their 33rd season in Los Angeles.

After 19 years, this was Paul Pierce's final season in the NBA, announcing his retirement after the season on September 26, 2016. He would retire as a Celtic on July 17, 2017, after signing a ceremonial contract with the Boston Celtics. On February 11, 2018, the Celtics retired Pierce's jersey. Pierce had played for the Celtics from 1998 to 2013.The Clippers finished the regular season with a 51–31 record, securing the 4th seed. In the playoffs, they faced off against the Utah Jazz in the First Round, where they lost in seven games.

Following the season, Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a first round pick next year, and cash.

The Clippers would not make the playoffs again until 2019.

2017–18 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2017–18 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 48th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 40th season in Southern California, and their 34th season in Los Angeles. Two-time Executive Of The Year winner Jerry West would join the Clippers as a special consultant.For the first time since 2011, Chris Paul was not on the roster as he was traded to the Houston Rockets in the off-season in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a first round pick next year, and cash. Head coach Doc Rivers would also relinquish his role as a President of Basketball Operations for the team on August 4, with the role being replaced by Lawrence Frank.

On January 28, 2018, the Clippers traded their franchise cornerstone and 2009 1st overall pick Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons alongside Brice Johnson and Willie Reed for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanović, and two draft picks, effectively ending the Lob City era. On April 1, 2018, the Clippers streak of 50 or more wins since the 2012-13 season came to an end with a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

With a loss to the Denver Nuggets on April 7, 2018, the Clippers were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since the 2010–11 season.

Following this season, Austin Rivers was traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat.

This was also DeAndre Jordan's last season as a Clipper. After 10 years of being on the team, on July 6, 2018, DeAndre signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

2018–19 Houston Rockets season

The 2018–19 Houston Rockets season is the 52nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 48th in the Houston area.Despite early struggles in the season including an on-court altercation between rival guards Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo, injuries among its core players, and losing core players including Trevor Ariza, the team left a dramatic improvement to the 3rd seed, most notably within the improvement would be Harden’s impresssive play. It included his continuous 30 point streak which was started on December 11 all the way to an surprising 32 games until ending on February 25. This streak had left him 2nd for continuous 30+ points in a game, leaving Wilt Chamberlain as 1st. On March 24, against the Pelicans, they had clinched another playoff spot for the 7th straight year.

In the playoffs, the Rockets will face the Utah Jazz in the First Round.

2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season is the 49th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 41st season in Southern California, and their 35th season in Los Angeles.

For the first time since the 2014–15 season, Austin Rivers was not on the roster following a trade to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat, ending the father-son duo with his father, Doc Rivers. Additionally, longtime center DeAndre Jordan opted out of his contract with the Clippers, and became a free agent. On July 6, 2018, he signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.In their first full season without stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers still produced a winning season by March 19, and clinched a playoff berth on March 26, 2019 following a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In the playoffs, the Clippers are facing the defending 2x NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the First Round. In Game 2 of the First Round, the Clippers set an NBA record for the largest comeback in playoff history, overcoming a 31-point deficit in the third quarter, en route to defeating the Warriors 135–131 to tie the series 1–1.

2018–19 Washington Wizards season

The 2018–19 Washington Wizards season was the 58th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 46th in the Washington, D.C. area. On March 28, 2019, they were eliminated from playoff contention after the Milwaukee Bucks' victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015-16 and possibly due to star John Wall undergoing a season-ending surgery on his left Achilles. On April 2, the Wizards fired long-standing team president and general manager Ernie Grunfeld.

Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program, and is coached by Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships (tied with Indiana for fourth all-time behind UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina) and appeared in 11 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time behind North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky), and has an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans (chosen 60 times) and 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, and also lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980.

Jeremiah Rivers

Jeremiah Jordan Rivers (born July 27, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player.

Rivers played college basketball at Georgetown University, before transferring to Indiana University. He previously attended Winter Park High School in Florida. He is the son of former NBA player and the current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, and the older brother of Austin Rivers, who is on the Houston Rockets.

Jim Brewer (basketball)

James Turner Brewer (born December 3, 1951) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) player.

Brewer was the first notable player to come out of Proviso East High School, which has one of the most successful high school basketball programs in Illinois. In 1969, Brewer, playing center, led his team to the first of four state championships. Brewer was followed at Proviso East by other future NBA players, notably Doc Rivers, Michael Finley, Dee Brown, Shannon Brown, Sterling Brown, and JeVon Carter.

The 6'9" 210 pound forward then attended the University of Minnesota, where he was a teammate of future Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Brewer played in the 1972 Summer Olympics, including the United States' controversial loss to the Soviet Union in the gold medal game, before being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round (2nd pick) of the 1973 NBA draft.

Whenever Brewer scored a basket at a Cavaliers home game, the public address announcer would declare, "Two for the Brew!" Brewer played nine seasons in the NBA from 1973 to 1982. Then he played with Pallacanestro Cantù in Italian Serie A along with players as Pierluigi Marzorati and Antonello Riva with coach Giancarlo Primo. He won a Euroleague and was an Intercontinental Cup finalist.

Brewer is the uncle of former NBA player and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers and the great uncle of Doc's son, Houston Rockets point guard, Austin Rivers.In 2007, the Illinois High School Association named Brewer one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament.

List of second-generation National Basketball Association players

The following is a list of father-and-son combinations who have played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The list includes players who played for the Basketball Association of America (BAA) before it was renamed NBA in 1949, as well as the National Basketball League (NBL), which was absorbed by the NBA in 1949, and the original American Basketball Association (ABA), which was merged with the NBA in 1976.

New Orleans Pelicans draft history

The New Orleans Pelicans are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Pelicans were established as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2002–03 season when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets, George Shinn, relocated the franchise to New Orleans. During the 2005–07 period, the Hornets played 71 games in Oklahoma City due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The team officially changed its name to the New Orleans Pelicans on April 18, 2013.

Nike Global Challenge

The Nike Global Challenge is an annual men's prep basketball tournament held in the Portland metropolitan area during the summer. Sponsored by Nike, Inc., games are usually played at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. The tournament started in 2007 and has featured high school players such as John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley, Austin Rivers, and Anthony Davis. High school-aged players from around the world play on all-star teams for each of the countries represented. The United States makes up three of the eight teams in the sixteen game tournament.

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