Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons why Austin Rivers is worth pursuing

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Second reason the Milwaukee Bucks should pursue Austin Rivers — He brings experience and production

Whoever they bring into the fold to fill their guard vacancy, the Bucks will not find a needle-tipping addition on the market. They simply need another guard to add some depth, and Rivers certainly fits the bill.

Currently in his ninth NBA season, Rivers has been a productive piece on several teams since being drafted 10th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. While he has not been an All-Star caliber guard, his numbers are serviceable, and he was a big pickup for the Knicks in free agency.

Rivers had been putting up solid numbers for the Knicks before he was banished from the rotation entirely by averaging 7.3 points on a .430/.364/.714 slash line, 2.2 rebounds, and two assists per game. With numbers like that, the guard could be a solid addition for the Bucks in the second unit with their bench ranking 17th in points and 27th in assists per game.

A player like Rivers could certainly help take those numbers up a notch and bolster their depth before the postseason rolls around. Speaking of the playoffs, the guard also has a handful of experience playing in 45 games over five trips. Playing a pivotal role in postseason runs for the Houston Rockets and L.A. Clippers over the years, Rivers has played around various stars on the big stage before.

While he would likely not play a crucial role in a postseason setting for the Bucks, he would give them the assurance of having an experienced player ready to come off the bench whenever called upon. For the remainder of the regular season, he would provide the team with a piece they can immediately implement into the backcourt rotation.