Even though it’s no surprise, Glen Rice Jr. has been named the 2014 NBA Summer League MVP.
The announcement was made on NBA TV, but then confirmed on a Monumental Network press release. Here’s a snippet of that release, which you could view in its entirety here.
The NBA announced tonight that Wizards guard Glen Rice was unanimously named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 by a panel of media members, while Wizards forward Otto Porter was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team.
Glen Rice Jr. averaged 25 points to go along side nearly 8 rebounds and 3 steals per game, which was also featured in the press release. Rice led the team to a dramatic triple overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs with 36 points last night, but the Washington Wizards were unfortunately eliminated tonight by the Sacramento Kings.
I think most of us were expecting Otto Porter to play well, which he certainly did, but I don’t think any of us expecting Glen Rice Jr. to play as well as he did. At times, Glen Rice Jr. looked like the best player on the floor, even though he was matched up against former lottery picks.
We all knew that Glen Rice Jr. could score, but he did so at such as efficient rate through six games. Glen Rice Jr. didn’t settle for outside shots, but instead he forced his way to the basket often times getting to the free throw line 10+ times per game. His improved ball handling was also on display, as he created shots for himself and rarely depended on the point guard for open looks.
Glen Rice Jr. played very well throughout the season during stints in the NBADL, but I wasn’t sure how well it would translate to Summer League basketball. Well, it translated well enough for him to earn the MVP award.
It’s well deserved and I think Glen Rice Jr. has put himself on the map. With Martell Webster out 3-5 months following back surgery, it wouldn’t surprising if Glen Rice Jr. is a part of the Wizards’ rotation next season. Not only has he displayed his ability to score the ball, but he’s also shown that he’s very capable of defending and rebounding the ball.
Congratulations to Glen Rice Jr. We’ll have more on his outstanding NBA Summer League run in the next few days.