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Austin Rivers, 25, is Christian Laettner or Grayson Allen or whatever Duke villain basketball fans love to hate. He might even be the most hated player in the NBA right now. But he’s also the starting shooting guard for a team that’s improbably tied for sixth in the Western Conference this season, averaging 15.8 points and 3.6 assists a night with several big playoff games already to his name. “Look at my numbers from when I started here until now,” Rivers said. “Every year I’ve gotten better and I’ve done it with people throwing s— in my face. I never responded. I’ve never come out publicly and said I’m this or that. But at some point I’m a human being. “I got offended [this week, in the wake of the ugly situation with the Rockets] when people started talking about my character. Judge me all you want as a player. Some people think I’m a great player, some people don’t. That’s fine. Numbers don’t ever lie. I know what I’m doing and I know what this team is doing. “I was the No. 1 player in high school. I was a lottery player at Duke. I was player of the year in the ACC as a freshman. People just forget about these things, like I don’t deserve to be in the league. People are like, ‘He was a bust! He was a bust!’ No, I wasn’t a bust. I just didn’t play as well as a lottery pick should. I don’t need any excuses. It is what it is. Sometimes things take time.”
6 months ago via ESPN