"Maybe we won't have to stay on the bench this season." -- PHOTO CREDIT: Rob Carr/Getty Images

“Maybe we won’t have to stay on the bench this season.” –(PHOTO: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

It’s just two three games into the Vegas Summer League, but already the Washington Wizards second year players Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. are trying to make the case that they deserve some court time this season. Porter got off to a slow start last season with injuries over the summer, and then found himself pinched for floor time behind veterans Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. Rice didn’t find his way into coach Wittman’s rotations last season and did a couple stints in the D-League.

This season looks to be different, as both players are likely going to be called upon to contribute. Ariza is no longer with the team, opening a spot for Porter to step in immediately, rather as a starter or a complimentary role behind the newest Wizard on the block, Mr. Truth, Paul Pierce. Martell Webster is dealing with another back injury, and outside of John Wall, Washington really doesn’t have a player who can attack the basket and get to the free throw line. Enter Glen Rice Jr. Through three games in Vegas, Rice has been to the free throw line 31 times.

While sure it is easy to say it’s just summer league, both sophomore players look much improved from this time last year, and are displaying qualities and skills that are going to be needed in DC during the regular season. Here are their stats along with video highlights (*UPDATED* with all 3 games):

  • Otto Porter: 19 points per game (24-45 FG), 6.3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Glen Rice: 22.7 points per game (19-38 FG), 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists

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In order for Washington to take that next step, they are going to need their 2013 draft picks to provide on court contributions. So far the summer has started out well, and if Rice and Porter continue to show signs of improvement and can crack the rotation this season, the future is going to look that much brighter. Make sure you’re prepared, I know Bradley Beal is.

 

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