The Washington Wizards will play their first game in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League on Saturday July 13. There will be a lot of eyes on third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Otto Porter, and a lot of people will look to see if Jan Vesely will show any semblance of knowing how to play basketball.
Though Porter will garner a ton of interest at Summer League, seeing how the Wizards’ second round pick, Glen Rice Jr., performs with his new team.
Rice took the road less traveled for NBA prospects. He was dismissed from Georgia Tech before his graduation for some behavioral issues. However, he played last season in the NBA Developmental League and seemed to have his behavior problems under control and looked impressive.
Rice is an impressive athlete which he showed with a 40.5-inch maximum vertical leap at the NBA combine, but is a bit undersized for a small forward as he measured just 6’4.5” without shoes on at the combine. However, it’s hard to deny his potential as a scorer with that athleticism and relatively solid shooting ability, as well as his promising potential as a defender.
Though he has a year of experience at the D-League, it will still be interesting to see how Rice fares against the competition at Summer League. What will be the key things to look for with Rice’s play is whether or not he’s forcing the issue when he has the ball or if he’s playing within himself. It will also be important to see how he defends against this level of competition. He may not be the biggest story for Washington at Summer League, but he could be a sleeper for the Wizards and Summer League will be the first indication to if he is or not.