Going into the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Glen Rice Jr. knew that he was going to have to make a major impact. Rice’s 2013 was spent trying to rehab an injured wrist and his playing time was non-existent on the NBA stage last season . Basically because of that inactivity, this Summer League for Rice is critical so he can let the Wizards’ coaching staff and front office know that his injury is a thing of the past and he is ready to play.
From the looks of Rice’s first two games in Vegas, the wrist is feeling great cause he is playing some stellar basketball. Through two games Rice is averaging 22.0 points, five rebounds and two assists. He has hit 11 of 24 shots from the floor, while his aggressiveness getting to the rim has gotten him to the free throw line a great deal. Rice has taken 23 free throws through two games hitting 18 of them.
In his first game versus the Atlanta Hawks he hit 14 of 16 from the charity stripe. Rice finished with 22 points on the day, and seemed to impress Washington’s summer league coaching staff led by Sam Cassell who voiced his appreciation of Rice’s aggressiveness. Cassell commented to the Washington Post on Rice saying:
“That’s what he does. That’s his stronger aspect,” Cassell said. “On our team, we have one guy that can get us into the penalty and that’s John Wall. I think Glen might be the other guy. He’s going to make it hard for somebody. He showcased his talent, what he can do out on the basketball court and he’s doing a…good job right now.”
Glen Rice’s second game on Sunday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves is where he really broke out. Rice was 7 of 14 from the floor while finding his three-point shooting stroke hitting 4 of 8 from downtown. The 4 of 8 from three-point land was what stuck out the most, and Rice acknowledged that he has been working on that part of his game in that same Washington Post piece by Michael Lee:
“I mean I been working on it for a while. The shots kept coming; the opportunities kept coming behind the arc. Coach drew up a couple more plays to get me a few more open threes. When you get that feeling, when you hot, it’s always a lot easier shooting that ball.”
Rice and Georgetown’s Otto Porter have carried the Wizards Summer League unit to a 2-0 record to this point. If Rice continues to make a strong impression in Summer League it could pay off for him this fall when he links up with the big club. Rice of course will be playing behind undisputed starter Bradley Beal, but Wizards head coach Randy Whitman should be able to find time for him.
Washington’s plays next against the Miami Heat Tuesday night at 6:30 EST.
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