Would Doc Rivers want to coach his son?
Could Austin Rivers play for his dad?
There had been speculation the Boston Celtics would try to move up from their 21st and 22nd first round picks in the 2012 Draft to select the Duke University standout guard and son of head coach Doc Rivers. But those questions were put to rest on Thursday night when the New Orleans Hornets chose Rivers with the 10th overall pick.
Rivers, 19, averaged 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in his first and only season at Duke. He was the seventh freshman in ACC history to be earn First Team All-Conference honors.
Doc Rivers was in attendance at the Prudential Center with his son. When asked about Austin stating that he wanted to be a better NBA player than his father was, Doc replied, Well, I hope he is, I can tell you that. He's very competitive. Loves the game, wants to win.
Rivers and Hornets Head Coach, Monty Williams, are close friends.