Austin James Rivers (born August 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers 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
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. Three days later, Rivers underwent successful surgery to clean up bone spurs in his right ankle.
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. 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.
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. On December 20, 2014, he scored a season-high 21 points in a 114–88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
On January 12, 2015, Rivers was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team trade involving the Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies. 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. On January 16, Rivers made his debut for the Clippers and became the first son to play for his father in an NBA game.
Career highlights and awards
Third-team All-American – NABC (2012)
First-team All-ACC (2012)
ACC Rookie of the Year (2012)
ACC All-Freshman team (2012)
Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2011)
Florida Mr. Basketball (2011)
McDonald’s All-American (2011)
First-team Parade All-American (2011)