Austin Rivers may not be the best basketball player you have seen, but he is one of the strongest. He plays for the Washington Wizards in the NBA, after he got a pretty rocky run from the Los Angeles Clippers, where he had a pretty rocky run that was not made easy by the ample ridicule from fans and teammates. Nevertheless, he held his own well. As the first player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) to play for his father, Rivers has been playing as a Shooting Guard/Point Guard since the NBA call-up in 2012.
Austin Rivers Bio (Wiki)
The “Washington Wizards Shooting guard/ Point guard” was born on August 1, 1992, in Santa Monica, California, as the third child of Kristen Rivers and Doc Rivers and was renamed Austin Rogers James Rivers.
Since he was a small child, it was almost crystal clear that he was cut for athletics, as his family is an athletic one. His father, who is now the basketball coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, played in the NBA until 1996, while his great-uncle, Jim Brewer, also became famous in the NBA. It gets even more interesting when we learn that his older brother Jeremiah Rivers also played B-Ball, although he didn’t make it into the NBA, while Spencer Rivers, his younger brother, now plays for UC Irvine. Besides basketball, Austin’s sister Callie Rivers played college volleyball.
Austin received his education at Winter Park High School, where he also played basketball. He was the best player in the school at the time and led them to their first state title ever after winning Dr. Phillips High School in 2010. The talented baller also led his Winter Park Wildcats teammates to their second title just one year after winning the Florida 6A State Championship after beating Dr. Phillips High School for the second time. Finally, he was named Naismith Prep Player of the Year 2011.
Career Stats and Injury
The Winter Park High School prodigy went to Duke University in 2011, where he again had a rewarding but very short college career. In 2012 Austin decided to participate in the draft where he was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as 10th. Prior to that, Rogers was named ACC Rookie of the Year, while in 2012 he was also promoted to the first team of the All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman teams.
Austin Rivers played for the New Orleans Pelicans from 2012 to 2015 before joining the L.A. Clippers, where he and Doc Rivers, his father, formed the first father-son tandem in the NBA.
After a rather bumpy ride for him at the Clippers, the 1.93-meter tall man switched to the Washington Wizards in a job where Marcin Gortat moved to L.A. Although he didn’t start out as a big player with L.A., Austin improved from season to season, playing the third guard behind John Wall and Bradley Beal. The move was successful, although Doc Rivers would have preferred to keep his son.
Although he had his own injury problems, including one that kept him out of action for up to 18 games, he has had quite a good career so far. In 130 of the 408 games he has played so far, Rivers has an average of 2.0 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 9.4 points per game. In his last season with the Clippers, he reached a career-high of 15.1 points, 4.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.
Who is His Girlfriend?
Outside the basketball court, Austin Rivers meets Brittany Hotard, who has been his girlfriend since the two of them were in 10th grade. As good as their love story could become after almost 10 years together, the duo got engaged in 2017 when Rivers proposed and she accepted.
In March 2018 it was reported that Brittany Hotard was pregnant with the couple’s first child, and in August the child, Kayden James Rivers, was born. Austin and Brittany are already planning to get married soon in Los Angeles, California.
Salary and Net Worth
Based on the 3-year contract he has signed with the Clippers valued at over $35 million, Austin Rivers’ salary for the 2018/2019 season is over $12 million. In the 2017/2018 season, he earned almost $12 million, compared to $11 million the year before. In his first four years in the NBA, he took home a minimum of over $2.2 million in his first year and a maximum of over $3.1 million in his fourth year. His net worth should be between $8 and $15 million. The basketball player made his fortune through his career as a basketball player.