Austin Rivers – Hit
The most debated rating of any Clippers player, by far, belongs to Rivers himself. While he clearly made strides last season, people question as to whether or not the young, unproven guard is really worthy of an 80. Considering he was a mere 74 last season, the question is absolutely fair. It especially seems fair when you take into account that Rivers has a better rating than Nicolas Batum, Victor Oladipo, and Wilson Chandler, to name a few. But Rivers has nothing to lose this season, and he’s going to have a much larger role on both ends. Also, you’re out of your mind if you think I’d say that he’s overrated. Just sayin’, he’s really a lot better than everyone thinks. His best play came when he was a starter last season, averaging 16 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds in 29 starts. Those kinds of numbers are what got him the 80. If he can build off of those numbers as a starter this year, he’ll prove that he deserves it – and I’ll bet about a grand that he will.