As the offseason comes to conclusion and teams begin the training camp process, we’ll continue to take a look at certain match ups between players in Washington’s camp. Of course, some of the roles on the team have already been established, but as we continue to go further down the roster, you’ll notice that some players still have some lingering uncertainty about this upcoming season. Today we’ll start between Garrett Temple, who recently signed a 1-year deal with the Wizards, and rookie-guard Glen Rice Jr.
Now that he’s fully healthy and ready to go, Bradley Beal will secure the starting shooting guard position for the Washington Wizards, but after that, Washington’s other guards really don’t have a clear role. The Wizards aren’t a very deep deep, especially at the guard position, which doesn’t leave them with very many options besides Beal.
After acquiring Otto Porter through this years NBA Draft, and re-signing Martell Webster in free agency, the Wizards still have room to experiment, but they don’t necessarily have anyone who’s a true shooting guard off the bench besides Garrett Temple and Glen Rice Jr. Washington still has the capacity to tweak their lineups and play Porter/Webster at shooting guard, much like they did during the summer league, but that doesn’t necessarily mean either Temple/Rice won’t log significant minutes this season.
Washington has obviously established their identity on the defensive side of the floor, which caters to Garrett Temple’s abilities more than it does for Rice. Temple was brought in to play solid defense and to knock down the occasional outside shot, and because of that, he ultimately earned himself another stint in the nation’s capital. On the other hand, the Wizards traded two of their second round picks on draft day for Glen Rice Jr., who most recently played for the Rio Grande Vipers of the NBA Developmental League. Both guys have experience playing in the D-League, but Rice spent some time in the NBDL under different circumstances than Temple. Unlike Temple, Glen Rice Jr. had to play in the D-League to become eligible for the NBA Draft. Averaging over 20 points per game, Rice displayed his ability to score the ball and as a result, he got some interest from a number of NBA teams prior to the draft in June. In fact, Rice was projected to get picked in the first round of the draft, but the Wizards managed to snag him in the second round through the draft day trade.
Temple and Rice seem to be polar opposites, but that doesn’t mean both of them don’t have the tools to contribute. Washington was the worst offensive team in the league last season, so having a player like Rice provide a scoring spark off the bench could certainly be useful. Temple has carved out a solid role for himself under Randy Wittman’s system, so it’ll take some serious results in training camp for the Wizards coaching staff to consider playing the rookie.
Who do you envision becoming the backup shooting guard?