As we all know, the Washington Wizards drafted the projected all-around small forward from Georgetown, Otto Porter last night. Heading into the 2nd round, the Wizards had two picks with the 38 and 54, but traded them to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Glen Rice Jr. Coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfield didn’t plan on adding 3 rookies to next year’s roster, so the two picks were instead traded.
Glen Rice Jr. is a small forward from Georgia Tech. Although he had some off the court issues which got him kicked off of the Georgia Tech roster in 2012, he made his way to the D-League where as a starter, he averaged 25 points per game and nearly 10 rebounds with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers during the D-League playoffs. The Wizards needed a player that can put the ball in the basket at a very high level and who can also provide energy for the team, and Glen Rice Jr. is that guy.
Rice is a great player in transition and can also shoot the ball on a NBA level, with range extending beyond the three point line. He is a very good spot up shooter, being able to catch the ball in rhythm and knock down a shot. Glen Rice Jr. is also very athletic — one of the most athletic guys tested at the combine — which not only helps in the Wizards transition game, but also helps when attacking the basket. He is very good at finishing at the basket at different angles and eluding defenders. His defense is not where it needs to be, which is something he can improve on, along with creating his own shot in isolation.
Many may not agree with this transaction, but if worked out as planned, the reward can be very high. With what appears to be a loaded position at forward for the Wizards, it remains to be seen whether Rice can play some back up shooting guard in certain spots. If Rice can settle into a solid role off the bench as a scorer, this could be a nice pickup for the Wizards. Washington has had some trouble with player’s off-the-court issues in the past, but if gathered together, Glen Rice Jr. is a good pickup and can vastly improve. And when dealing with a 2nd round pick, the risk is minimal because contracts are not guaranteed.