New Orleans Hornets rookie Austin Rivers will join a long list of college shooting guards who attempted to make the transition to point guard in the NBA. It's an experiment with a track record of more misses than hits.
Usually, if a guy is too small to play shooting guard in the pros, a team tries to match him up with players his size at point guard. But some players have gotten away with being undersized shooting guards.
Allen Iverson, who is 6'1", pretty much became the poster child for that description. A.I. won a number of scoring titles as well as an MVP and earned a trip to the NBA Finals while with the Sixers. Pound for pound, "The Answer" was one of the NBA's greatest players.
But there are plenty of examples of the experiment failing. DaJuan Wagner, who is 6'2", was supposed to be the second coming of Iverson after an illustrious high school career in New Jersey and a much-maligned year at Memphis. Instead, Wagner never found his groove in the pros and injuries forced him out early.
Juan Dixon was a national champion at Maryland playing off the ball, but couldn't quite hack it as point guard in the pros. The same has been true for former Villanova guard Randy Foye.
For Rivers, who is 6'4", to avoid joining the ranks of Dixon and Foye, here are a few guards he should emulate to avoid becoming another 'tweener who couldn't hack it.