Austin Rivers’ goal is to become a ‘knockdown shooter’ playing alongside James Harden, Russell Westbrook
Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers says his goal for the 2019-20 season is to become a “knockdown shooter” playing alongside stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Harden and Westbrook attract so much attention when they have the ball and are driving to the basket. Rivers knows he’s going to have wide-open looks from the 3-point line when he’s on the floor with the two MVPs, so he’s been working tirelessly this summer on his 3-point shot.
“That’s all I’ve been working on this summer. You’ve got to understand, I’m playing with two of the most elite guards in the league. A lot of attention is going to be on them,” Rivers said on the Behind the Baller podcast, via Rockets Wire.
“So for me personally, playing with them this year… everybody knows I can score one on one and stuff like that. But my goal is to really be a knockdown shooter to help them with space, and then on defense to give them a break, because I want to guard the best player on every team.”
Austin Rivers is a career 34.7 percent shooter from beyond the arc. He shot an impressive 45.7 percent from deep in the 2019 playoffs for the Rockets in 10 games.
Everyone knows Rivers can score with ease in one-on-one situations, but the former Duke star is aware he’s going to have to become a reliable 3-point shooter for the Rockets to ultimately win the championship with James Harden and Russell Westbrook leading the charge.
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