The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have exercised the third-year options on both forward Anthony Davis and guard Austin Rivers.
Davis, who was selected with the first overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, started 60 of 64 contests he appeared in and averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 boards 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. Named a member of the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie First Team, Davis led all NBA rookies in rebounds per game, blocks per game steals per game and double-doubles.
Rivers, son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers and former Duke guard, averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 61 games, 26 of which he started for New Orleans last season. He was taken with the tenth overall pick in the 2012 Draft.
Rivers is projected to be the second-string shooting guard, behind starter Eric Gordon this season. Davis will start for the Pelicans, along with Gordon, Tyreke Evans and point guard Jrue Holliday.
New Orleans finished the 2012-13 season with a 27-55 record, which was the second-worst record in the Western Conference – better than only Phoenix.