After a 2013-14 rookie season during which Glen Rice Jr. appeared in 11 games for the Washington Wizards because of injury, Rice had his chance to shine during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League tournament. A 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Rice lit up the Summer League, leading the Wizards to a 5-1 record, and was rewarded with a unanimous selection for Most Valuable Player.
Rice averaged a league-high 25.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while shooting .469 from the floor and .361 from 3-point range. Rice scored at least 22 points during each of the Wizards' games, including 36 points during their 95-94 triple-overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs July 19.
Wizards forward Otto Porter joined Rice as a first-team selection on the All-NBA Summer League team. Porter averaged 19.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting .484 from the floor and .389 from 3-point range. Porter scored in double figures during all six games, including 27 points against the Spurs July 19, and 25 points against the Atlanta Hawks July 12.
"Otto Porter played extremely well this tournament, and that made it a lot easier for me," Rice said. "He drew a lot of double teams. We're just trying to build off of last year."
Washington has undergone a lot of changes during the offseason, parting ways with forwards Trevor Booker and Trevor Ariza, and adding forwards Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and 10-time All-Star Paul Pierce.
"He's got to be able to teach me a couple of things," Rice said of Pierce.
Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal were sitting courtside at the Thomas and Mack Center to watch Washington's Summer League squad compete, and to cheer on Porter and Rice.
"[Wall and Beal] were proud of me," Rice said. "It was cool to have them up there on the sideline, because they're on the team. It was kind of like a role reversal, having them watch me."
The Las Vegas Summer League tournament featured 24 teams playing 67 games during a span of 11 days. The Wizards made it as far as the semifinal round, losing to the Sacramento Kings, 74-62, July 20. The Kings will face the Houston Rockets during the championship game July 21.
"It's just a good vibe all around since the season ended," said Wizards forward Al Harrington, who served as an assistant under Summer League head coach Sam Cassell. "All of our guys, the young guys and the older guys, are grinding and trying to get to that next level. Everybody recognizes the opportunity that is staring us in the face, and we have to be ready. Everybody has to be ready."