Pelicans’ Rivers Hopes to Be Sixth Man
New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers is ready for the clean slate of a new NBA season. For the first time in a while he is healthy. For the first time in his NBA career he is confident again and as NBA training camp gets ever so closer, Rivers is ready to change the channel on his rookie season.
Rivers understands all too well how much things have changed with his team. The Pelicans added a lot of talent at Rivers’ position, trading for All-Star guard Jrue Holiday and signing guard/forward Tyreke Evans in free agency.
The writing is on the wall that Rivers won’t be starting in New Orleans next season and that’s something he is completely fine with. In fact Rivers says he asked Pelicans’ coach Monty Williams if he can come off the bench as an anchor for the second unit.
In Rivers’ mind he thinks he can compete for both Sixth Man and Most Improved Player and given where last season ended, he has nowhere to go but up.