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The Atlanta Hawks selected Glenn "Doc" Rivers out of Marquette University with the 31st pick in the 1983 NBA Draft.
As a rookie, Rivers started 47 games while averaging 9.3 ppg and 3.9 apg. He increased his scoring in his second season as a Hawk (14.1 ppg), but his game shifted in his third season when his playmaking opened the door for big seasons from Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis.
In 1986-87 all of the pieces were clicking as Rivers and the Hawks set a new franchise record for wins (57) while winning the Central Division title. Doc finished the season averaging a double-double, and set a new Hawks' record with 823 assists. Rivers averaged a playoff career-high 11.3 assists that postseason, but the Hawks were beaten by the Pistons in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Overall, Doc played his first eight seasons in Atlanta, averaging 13.0 ppg and 6.8 apg as the starting point guard on teams that earned postseason berths in six of those years.
In the summer of 1991, the Hawks traded Rivers to the L.A. Clippers for a 1991 first round draft pick (used to draft Stacey Augmon) and two second round picks (1993 & 1994). Doc played five more seasons, splitting time between the Clippers, Knicks and Spurs.
Since his retirement from playing in 1996, Rivers has been the head coach of the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics, twice earning NBA Coach of the Year honors. His Celtics won the 2008 NBA Championship.