In his rookie season, New Orleans Pelicans' Austin Rivers split time at both guard positions and it appeared to slow his progress for the first three months of the season. Although he got most of his work at shooting guard because starter Eric Gordon missed the first 29 games with a knee injury, Rivers made only 37 percent of his shots from the field. It appeared Rivers was better when he attacked off the dribble and scored on drives to the basket. Rivers, whose season ended abruptly in March when he fractured his right hand, said he played his best when he was playing point guard.