Rockets guard Austin Rivers thinks 2019-20 season is ‘the biggest year of my life’
Houston Rockets combo guard Austin Rivers believe the 2019-20 NBA season is “the biggest year of my life.”
Rivers re-signed with the Rockets this summer on a two-year deal worth $4.54 million. The former Duke star is feeling good mentally and physically and knows Houston has a chance to do something really special in the upcoming season.
“This year, no lie, is the biggest year of my life,” Rivers said on the Behind the Baller podcast, via Rockets Wire. “I’m 100% healthy, and we have a team that can realistically win, and I have a chance to be a really big part of that. You can’t put a price on that.”
The Rockets signed Austin Rivers last season after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns. The 27-year-old appeared in 47 games with the Rockets and averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Houston acquired former MVP Russell Westbrook this offseason, so the Rockets are viewed by many as title contenders. The franchise is looking forward to Westbrook and James Harden leading the charge, but the front office knows the second-tier players such as Rivers, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela and PJ Tucker have to play at a high level — especially in the playoffs — for the Rockets to win the championship.