As some predicted, Duke guard Austin Rivers was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 10th pick of tonight’s NBA Draft. The Hornets were in need of a scoring guard and that is exactly what they got.
Rivers was the second selection by the rebuilding Hornets. They selected Anthony Davis with the number one pick of the night.
When his name was called, Rivers hugged every family member at his table, leaving his father for last. They embraced and Doc told Austin that he was ready.
The Hornets play his father’s team, the Boston Celtics, two times a season. Doc has said that Austin will go scoreless. Austin wants his dad to do well, just not against him. Should be something to look forward to.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers shocked many, as they selected Miles Plumlee with the 26th pick. Many took to Twitter to criticize the Pacers, but Larry Bird isn’t known to make the sexy or expected pick (this is Bird’s final draft as team president).
Bird feels that Plumlee’s play fits in with what the team already has. The Pacers focus on defense and rebuiling, which is a Miles specialty (if he stays out of foul trouble). Miles hustles all the time, plays hard, and dives for loose balls, which impressed the Pacers. They also expect him to be a fan-favorite (he was born in Indiana).
The Pacers were looking to replace the retired Jeff Foster and scouts picked Plumlee as his clone. The Pacers have done well in recent drafts, despite taking criticism for each pick.
Plumlee will join former Tarheel Tyler Hansbrough in Indiana.