The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas has been completely entertaining. There were a lot of dazzling performances in “Sin City” this summer, but none of them were truly as fun to watch as the run that Georgia Tech’s Glen Rice Jr. had with the Washington Wizards.
Rice’s run finally came to an end Sunday night with the Wizards falling 74-62 at the hands of the Sacramento Kings. Rice finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, two assists and six steals in his final game in Vegas. The Kings had control of the game pretty much from the second quarter on after going on an 18-2 run and going into the half up 45-24.
The Wizards cut the lead down to 10 at the end of the third quarter with Rice leading the charge with 11 points, but the Kings seized control in the fourth and sealed the deal
Fans of the Yellow Jackets were more than likely paying attention to the Washington Wizards team in Vegas to see how free-agent center Daniel Miller was going to perform on the Summer League stage. However, Miller saw little to no playing time at all this summer and is more than likely bound for the NBA Developmental League.
Tech fans however, were treated to a remarkable offensive display by Glen Rice Jr. that should net him Summer League MVP. True, Rice may have left the Flats under a cloud of controversy after the nightclub incident, however, true fans of the Yellow Jackets would not want to see that young man fail after giving Tech three pretty solid seasons. Fans want to see this young man succeed and grow from his past transgressions.
Rice finished the Vegas Summer League as the leading scorer averaging 25.2 ppg to go along with seven rebounds. Rice also shot 35% from three-point land and, along with Otto Porter, was the driving force behind the Wizards excelling this summer.
Rice has to be awarded some playing time with the main squad starting in November after the way he has performed over the last week and a half. He should really be proud of his performance and, quite frankly, Georgia Tech should be proud of his performance as well. Rice’s game happened in Vegas, and his game is something that should not stay in Vegas.
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