There are many questions surrounding Austin Rivers. He went into college basketball as the No. 2 recruit in the nation, but he might have disappointed some people with his play at Duke.
Not to say he played poorly, but he didn't dominate college basketball as many envisioned. He still played well, scoring at a high rate.
One issue with Rivers is his ability to create plays for his teammates. After notching low per-game assist numbers at the college level, many expect the same to continue at the professional level.
I'm predicting Rivers to lead the New Orleans Hornets in assists per game. The Hornets backcourt is comprised mostly of scorers like Rivers, but I think he will be most successful finding open teammates, even if it amounts to only four or five assists per game.
His only competition is Greivis Vasquez, who will most likely begin the season starting. But as Rivers slowly takes over, he should become the leader.