Glen Rice Jr. : 11.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, .8 BPG
Since the summer league is a bit disorganized and the teams aren’t very familiar with each other, it’s a perfect opportunity for scorers to display their ability to put the ball in the basket. Glen Rice Jr. , who the Wizards acquired on a draft day trade, was probably the only guy on the entire roster who had a pure scorer’s mentality.
Rice was billed just as a guy who comes into the game in spurts and scores in bunches, but he proved to be much more than that in Las Vegas. Coming from an NBA family, Rice is as competitive as they come. To my surprise, Rice played a lot better defense than was expected, which could certainly help him get some time on the court during the upcoming season.
The Wizards have had scorers in the past, but none of which played with the amount of heart as Rice did during the summer league. Nick Young and Jordan Crawford were both guys that weren’t shy about shooting the ball, but Rice committed himself on the defensive side of the floor and even crashed the boards which also came as a bit of a surprise.
I was pleased with Rice’s play and I think we got what we expected to get. If Glen Rice Jr. can knock down threes with consistency, he’ll have a good chance to replace Cartier Martin in the rotation next season.