Optms wrote: bigpimpatl wrote:
Unless that young player is Austin Rivers*
Austin Rivers has actually been pretty good this season, but I guess the father-son relationship will always cloud everyone's judgment.
He was given the chance to play through his mistakes to eventually develop into what he is today though. Doesn't matter what he's doing, its the leash that was given to him after being acquired by the Clippers that absurd.
If the Clippers hadn't traded for him, I'm almost certain he would have been given a shot elsewhere. Only instead been given a total of 15 minutes and be playing in China right now. A lot of players overseas and in the league right now would kill for the same opportunity. To play and produce like a D-leaguer time and time before eventually developing into a fill-in starter.
Went over this in the Austin Rivers thread. But Austin actually saw a decrease in minutes when he went from NOLA to the Clippers. This year is actually the first year Austin is getting more minutes compared to his final year in NOLA.
So this narrative that Doc gave him this long leash he wasn't getting before just is incorrect.
Final year in NOLA 22.1 mpg. 1st year in LA 19.3 mpg. 2nd year in LA 21.9 mpg. This year 28.3 mpg. I don't think too many people would argue the minutes he's getting this year either. CP3 has been out and he's actually been playing good basketball.