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Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers
Position: -
Born: 08/01/92
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:200 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Earnings: $48,711,719 ($51,383,161*)

On Thursday night, Rivers was at the forefront of a pivotal NBA playoff game, scoring 16 of his 21 points in a supercharged fourth quarter to help power the Denver Nuggets to a 120-115 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3. The win gave the Nuggets a 2-1 series lead. “I sat there for like a month and a half, waiting on the phone to ring. I just put my faith in God, having conversations with myself, talking to God like, ‘What’s the plan? What’s going to happen?'” Rivers said. “All the feedback I kept getting is, a lot of teams liked me but they didn’t know what type of character I was and how I’d be in their locker room. My basketball ability was never questioned; it was who I was as a person. Which is actually even worse. “Truthfully, it broke my heart. Because I know who I am, and I’ve always had good relationships with people, but you can have one instance with mistakes and be labeled something.”
“Couldn’t be happier for the kid,” coach Michael Malone said. “I just told our team, think about this — guy was sitting at home for 2½ months waiting for his phone to ring. And it wasn’t ringing. That to me is crazy to even think about. Austin Rivers is a good player. He’s played in 45 playoff games prior to this season, and it just worked out for him and us that he’s here.”