Sep 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Glen Rice Jr. (14) poses for a portrait during Wizards media day at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Need to See: Glen Rice, Jr.


What can you really expect from a mid-second round pick? If you’re a mid-second rounder drafted by the Wizards, Twitter expects you to break Wilt’s points per game record. If you’re drafted anywhere else, you’re probably not expected to ever play in the NBA. If a player selected in that range contributes at all in his career, it should be considered a huge win. Well, the expectations for Mr. Glen Rice, Jr are a bit higher than that due to some eye popping D-League playoff numbers (oh, and the Wizards drafted him so WizTwitter is going crazy). I’m in the camp that thinks the expectations heaped on Rice are a bit much, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. We don’t need to see much from Rice to consider this season a success, but we do need to see this:

Translate that Sweet Stroke!

John Wall wants shooters. Glen Rice is a shooter. John Wall plus Glen Rice equals success. That’s the general basketball equation Ernie Grunfeld seems to live by nowadays, so Rice sure as hell better shoot it well from distance. There is absolutely no reason to think his lifelong sweet stroke won’t translate to the NBA, but again, it better. Although Rice possesses some nice off the bounce capability, if he can’t shoot it, he is useless on a team with Wall in the back court.

Spit Hot Fire Off the Bench

Rice’s role off the bench (should he get any minutes) should come with three points of emphasis:

  1. Be aggressive
  2. Be aggressive
  3. Be aggressive

 

The Wizards struggle to score without Wall or Bradley Beal on the court (actually, they struggle to score with them on the court too, but that’s another story) and it looks to be no different this year. With a bench that consists of Martell Webster, Eric Maynor, and some semi-pro big men (SHOTS FIRED), an abundance of points will not  be seen. Rice needs to view his time on the court as 5-minute auditions for the role of bench scorer. An aggressive offense game will be key because nothing will come easy. It probably won’t look pretty at first (or at all this year), but we need to see the beginnings of Microwaveable Rice.

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