Glen Rice, Jr.: 2013-14 Washington Wizards Player Review
TAI’s 2013-14 Washington Wizards player reviews…Now: Glen Rice, Jr. (by John Converse Townsend).
Others (so far): Andre Miller (by Rashad Mobley); Drew Gooden (by John Converse Townsend); Kevin Seraphin (by Kyle Weidie); Trevor Ariza (by Conor Dirks); Martell Webster (by Adam Rubin); Al Harrington (by Kyle Weidie); Garrett Temple (by Adam Rubin); Trevor Booker (by Adam Rubin); Chris Singleton (by Kyle Weidie).
Glen Rice the Younger
6-6 : Height
206 lbs. : Weight
23 : Age
1 : Years NBA Experience
1 : NBA Team
Drafted by the 76ers 35th overall in 2013 (traded to Washington).
Time as a Wizard in 2013-14
11 : Games
1 : Starts
109 : Minutes
NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Nate Driggers for the 1996-97 Boston Celtics (6.9)
maybe Tim Legler for the 1989-90 Phoenix Suns (6.8),
maybe Ronald Murray for the 2002-03 Toronto Raptors (6.7)
-0.043 Win Shares/48 Minutes
NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Nate Blackwell with the 1987-88 San Antonio Spurs (-0.045)
With Singleton ON the court vs. off
The Wizards offense scored 15.4 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 11.9 points less per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: plus-5.7
Numbers, per 36 Minutes
10.6 : Points
6.6 : Rebounds
0.3 : Blocks
2.0 : Steals
2.3 : Assists
3.0 : Turnovers
2.3 : Fouls
Singleton had 49 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.67 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 467th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.68 PPP over 38 possessions … which suggests he’s doing something right on that end.
29.7% Field Goals (11-37)
29.4% 3-Pointers (5-17)
71.4% Free Throws (5-7)
What did we expect?
Not a whole lot… Here’s Rashad Mobley on Glen Rice, Jr. from TAI’s player preview:
Rice’s aggressiveness is an admirable trait for a rookie whose reputation will be made by how well he excels at bench play. But unlike preseason basketball, where Wittman has a bit more patience and a longer leash, in the regular season Rice will have a limited amount of time to shoot his way into more minutes, and those shots will have to come with more makes. In his four preseason games (he put up a DNP versus New Orleans in Kentucky), Rice is shooting just 34.5 percent from the field (10-for-29) and an embarrassing, team-low 7 percent (1-for-14) from 3-point range. Those numbers could be attributed to a player trying to hard to impress in limited minutes, or maybe Rice is still getting used to facing NBA, not D-League, defenses. Either way, percentages, particularly from 3-point range, must improve.
Rice will also have to shed his reputation for mentally checking out on the floor, particularly on defense where Coach Wittman has already implored him to improve. … As talented as Rice is offensively, lazy lapses on defense will surely cost him a spot in the rotation.
Well, not a whole lot… Rice, Jr., like No.3 overall selection Otto Porter, spent much of his time glued to the end of Washington’s bench.
Rice played 1:19 against the Mavericks on November 12, in a 10-point loss. The next night against the Spurs, in one of the classiest beatdowns in recent memory, Wizards fans were treated to “a pinch of Glen Rice, Jr. (plus-2 in 13 minutes).”
On November 16, Rice played about 15 minutes against the Cavs in a seven-point loss. Rice provided, “rushed shots, missed assignments on defense, but … also some big rebounds in traffic and two nice assists to Nene.” And a sweet alley-oop to Jan Vesely!
Three nights later, the Wizards broke a four-game losing streak versus the Timberwolves. Rice played 4:04, but didn’t take any shots.
Remember that 20-point blowout against Indiana on November 29? Rice was there … he played 3:54, and went 0-for-1 from the field.
Rice scored five points in 4:34 against the tanking Magic on December 2, a 98-80 Wizards win. Then, after a four-point loss to the Bucks, in which Rice was DNP-CD’s, he played 29, 19 and 18 minutes in three consecutive games (three losses) and scored a total of 21 points. Progress? Eh, call it playing time.
“He got hurt in the celebration. Don’t ask me. I don’t know what it is. We can’t catch a break,” said Coach Randy Wittman about Rice after a wild Wizards win in Madison Square Garden. “He’s had a sore wrist the last couple weeks but we’ve been able to take care of it enough where he can still play. He got it jammed or something in the jubilation.”
On December 18, the team’s communications department sent out a press release, which read:
Wizards guard Glen Rice underwent an outpatient procedure this afternoon in New York City to repair a fracture in his right wrist. Rice had experienced pain in his wrist leading up to Monday’s game at the Knicks. He saw Dr. Michelle Carlson yesterday, who recommended and performed the surgery after consulting with team doctors. He will be out three to six weeks.
Rice has averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11 games (including one start) for the Wizards this season.
In late January, Rice was “cleared to resume all basketball activities” after wearing a splint on his shooting hand, but Emperor Grunfeld sent him to the Wizards’ D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy. Twice.
Trips to the D-League were in a way homecomings for Rice. Remember: After being dismissed from Georgia Tech, he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 D-League draft by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Rice played well enough to be picked at No.35 by the Wizards in 2013, making Rice the fourth ever and highest-drafted D-League veteran to be drafted by an NBA team.
In his first stint in Iowa, a three-game stay, Rice averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.7 blocks in 36 minutes per contest. Overall, Rice played 19 games with the Energy and shot a lot of 3s (5.8 per game). While he was out-scored by teammates Shabazz Muhammad and former Wizard Othyus Jeffers (who was named co-MVP of the league), Rice still averaged 17.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.9 assists per game. He shot 46.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from 3 and 80.5 percent from the line, finishing the D-League season with a positive plus/minus (0.7) as the Energy clinched the Central Division title in early April.
The Wizards then recalled their rookie shooting guard. “It’s time to get him back up here,” Wittman told the media. Rice wouldn’t see the floor in a Wizards uniform for the rest of the season. (Tongue-in-cheek theory! Maybe, just maybe because just 6.1 percent of his points came by way of mid-range jumpers, Wittman decided Rice was not ready for NBA action.)
Without Rice, the Energy lost to the Vipers 2-1 in the first round of the D-League playoffs.
Here’s a notable nugget from Michael Lee, now the national NBA writer at The Washington Post:
If Ariza returns, the plan is to use Porter as his primary backup at small forward and make Martell Webster the backup at shooting guard. That will cut severely into Webster’s minutes, but he already has received his contract and the Wizards have to see if Porter can play in the NBA. If Ariza leaves, the Wizards will have no choice but to rely more on Porter, but he was hardly groomed to be a replacement.
There are a few things to parse through. First, opinion on whether the Wizards should bring back Ariza is still divided, but I’m not the only TAI contributor who believes the team should let Ariza walk. That’s right, despite him being a “co-MVP” this past season and despite him being one half of the most dangerous corner 3-point shooting team in the NBA (with Wall). Now, if Ariza commands less than a three-year, $24 million deal, the Wizards would be foolish not to consider.
Webster, during his time in D.C., has shown himself to be a threat as a shooting guard. His game doesn’t change much at either wing position (the 2 and 3 are interchangeable in Wittman’s offense): it’s shots from behind the arc, cuts to the basket, and the occasional iso-ball pull-up. And let’s not forget that Webster, during his contract year as the Wizards’ starting small forward, put up career highs in:
- games started
- minutes played
- minutes per game
- field goals made
- 3-pointers attempted
- 3-pointers made
- 3-point field goal percentage (hitting the long ball at a better rate, 42.2%, than Ariza)
- free throws made
- rebounds per game
- assists per game
- points per game
- Player Efficiency Rating (PER)
- True Shooting Percentage (TS%)
- Assist Percentage (AST%)
- Offensive Rating
- Defensive Rating
- Win Shares (offensive and defensive)
Not re-signing Ariza frees the cash required for the Wizards to better fill their roster—with a legitimate backup center, another big man, or depth at both guard positions—instead of fixing upwards of $15 million to one position. It also frees minutes for Webster (and Otto Porter) to earn his contract. Doesn’t he deserve that chance, too?
Back to Rice… Last season posted a better per game scoring average than Eric Maynor, Otto Porter and Garrett Temple. He grabbed more rebounds per game than Eric Maynor, Otto Porter and Garrett Temple. (Both true per 36 minutes, too.) And he scored a better PER than both Porter and Maynor.
Glen Rice, Jr., currently the only true backup shooting guard on the Wizards roster, a player that Ernie Grunfeld traded two second-round picks to acquire, should be freed: to get some run, dunk, rebound, and hit treys in transition.
Killing the mohawk. Long live the mohawk.
Maybe his start against the Nuggets. Maybe this one-handed tomahawk jam during preseason. But probably the time he dropped 25 on his old team, the D-League Vipers:
Dunk to send Washington’s first preseason game vs. Brooklyn into OT
Reaction after a John Wall bucket