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Points per game: 10.1
Assists per game: 2.4
Rebounds per game: 2.3
Steals per game: 1.1
Field-goal percentage: .427
Three-point percentage: .311
At times it was hard to watch Austin Rivers last season, who shot just 37 percent from the floor as a rookie.
But there's no doubting Rivers' talent—just his ability to properly use it.
He looked dynamic in summer league this past July, when he averaged 18 points on 48 percent shooting.
Though it sounds a little bold, Rivers might have one of the quickest first steps I've ever seen. Beating his man off the dribble is the easy part. It's what he does once he penetrates the first line of defense that will determine how effective he'll be.
This past summer, Rivers was doing a better job of pulling up in space and taking balanced shots. He looked stronger and more confident, which should continue to help him out in the execution department.
Now that everyone can put the point guard experiment behind them, Rivers can focus on his core strength—scoring. And that's what I expect him to do as a lightning rod off the bench for the Pelicans.