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Rivers has excellent NBA bloodlines and a good feel for basketball. He is the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and has never had any off-court issues.
However, Rivers is an offense-first player who sometimes struggles with the nuances of the game; proper placement on the court, moving without the ball, and creating offense. He also often seemed to play slightly under his skill level for much of the season, almost seeming to coast by on his talent.
Rivers would have benefited from another year at Duke, which would have given him the chance to hone those skills and become the leader of a Blue Devils team capable of an NCAA tournament run.
But, let’s not nitpick: Rivers is a character player with good on-court body language and a competitive will to win. He will be an asset to the team that drafts him.