Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  14 responses

Doc Rivers Thinks His Son Austin ‘Would Be Great’ for the Celtics

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers acknowledges that the prospect of coaching his son in the NBA would be a weird experience for all involved. But the elder Rivers certainly wouldn’t turn down the opportunity. From WEEI: “The Celtics coach opened up about the possibility of coaching his son Austin Rivers in the NBA. ‘I would love the opportunity, I guess,’ said Rivers. ‘It would be uncomfortable. I just think that would be a strange thing to do. Having that said that, I wouldn’t mind. He can score, and I think that would be great for us.’ The best prep guard in the country as a high school senior last winter, Austin Rivers averages a team-leading 13.8 points per game for No. 4 ranked Duke this season, shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from beyond the arc. Once projected as a surefire lottery pick, his stock has slipped to No. 21 on ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford‘s Top 100 NBA prospects list. So, what must improve for him to have an impact at the next level? ‘Just his whole game,’ said the elder Rivers, who despite running practices for their teams once or twice has never coached his four kids. ‘I think he can score in this league right now. I don’t think he could have any problem with that. I think defensively — just the knowledge on the weak side of the ball — is where he would have to improve. I think he can score in this league right now,’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of his son and Duke freshman Austin. The Celtics actually have two first-round picks in the 2012 NBA draft, so it’s not entirely impossible for Austin to fall into Danny Ainge‘s hands. As of this moment, the C’s own pick would be a lottery choice. While nobody expects them to miss the playoffs, a low playoff seed and therefore a pick in the late teens seems highly likely. Not only that, but the Celtics receive the lower pick between the Clippers and Timberwolves as a result of the Jeff Green deal (top-10 protected), which after the Chris Paul trade almost certainly means the C’s will pick for the Clips somewhere in the low 20s this coming June 28.”

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  • T-Money

    slow your roll doc, it’s not like your son is lighting the acc on fire. 14 pts on 44 shooting is okay.

  • Fat Lever

    Am I missing something here? Don’t the C’s already have a top 5 PG in the league in Rondo? I do feel as though River’s has a pro game, similar to how OJ Mayo was in college, but don’t think his pro ceiling eclipses Rondo’s.

  • Riggs

    I wanna coach his daughter.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    I think Austin Rivers is a little overrated! From the Duke games I’ve seen this year, he doesn’t strike me as being a top NBA prospect. Can he play in the league? I think so, but can he be a force is up for debate.

  • RunNGun

    I don’t think he’s a top ten pick at this point but he’ll definitely go in the top 20 though. Hmm, I wonder who will be in that range? That’s right, the aging Celtics…

  • bike

    This kid could probably stand to stay in school at least another year. I don’t think he is even a first round pick right now.

  • cbb_fanatic

    I think the Celtics need all the help they can get at this point. I don’t know if Austin would be considered THE pick for them. I mean if he is, then one can also make the argument for a lot of the other freshmen. I agree that Rondo is really the Celtics right now and he has been doing some massive scoring for them, but make no mistake about it: They DO need help. I think it will come through Brandon Bass though, so maybe the Celtics won’t end up looking as desparate enough to bring in the coach’s son. A good game against a weak opponent like Wake Forest doesn’t exactly guarantee him as the antidote to the Celtics problems.

  • DieselMechanic

    Austin is underrated. He’s prolly the best scoring prospect guard in the nation.

  • LP

    underrated???? He was the best prep guard in the country…how is that underrated?

  • igetmoney01

    ya he could learn a lot from ray(if still in boston) and rondo def a good fit at the 2 but right bout now anybody who can score would be a good fit for the cs

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    diesel: beal is abetter scoring guard imo, as far as a prospect

  • http://nbadraft.net J Christo

    In a very deep and talented 2012 draft, the Celtics owning two first round picks could retool their team… for example , picking D. Lamb and M. Plumlee with their two picks and adding C. Kaman as an unrestricted free agent to play center… and a starting five of Kaman, Garnett, Pierce, D. Lamb and Rondo with M. Plumlee, J. Green, B. Bass J. Johnson and M. Pietrus backing up isn’t bad. ( replacing Lamb with A. Rivers , would do as well… however, I would prefer Lamb. )

  • china

    whatta story that would be… austin rivers being coached by his father. sounds like something out of a movie lol

  • James Martin

    I think that Doc will make the best decision for what is right for the Celtics. If Austin isn’t the right choice he won’t try to go for him. As a celtics fan, I think it would be really cool to see doc coach his own son, but what the celtics really need is points. Austin’s stats are good, but not the best.