Rider was selected at the 1993 NBA Draft in fifth place of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The young Wolves advanced riders immediately with 16.6 points to guide players. He was elected to the " NBA All- Rookie First Team ." He also won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1994. The next two season ran for riders statistically very good. He led the Wolves to be the most successful points scorer. In 1996, Rider to the Portland Trail Blazers where he could celebrate sporting success. He qualified every year with the Blazers for the playoffs. In 1999, he transferred to the Atlanta Hawks, for whom he played only one year. In summer 2000, Rider signed then a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers, he was mainly used as a replacement for Kobe Bryant of the bank. With the Lakers, he won the 2001 his first NBA championship. His last NBA stop was the Denver Nuggets, for the riders but only ten games completed before he was fired.
During his nine-year career scoring average of 16.7 points Rider, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
During and after his career Rider made often on negative headlines and off the pitch. He was sentenced in 2007 due to substance abuse and violence against the police to seven months in prison.