Second-year pros that play in either the Orlando Pro Summer League or the Las Vegas Pro Summer League are usually the best players there. With actual NBA experience, the competition is actually a step down rather than a step up like it is for rookies and other players who were not in the league. However, after playing in just 11 games in the 2013-2014 season as a rookie, it was a bit of a surprise that Washington Wizards’ swingman Glen Rice, Jr. was able to have such success over the last nine days.
The NBA officially announced Rice as the Las Vegas Pro summer League MVP on Sunday evening via a press release.
Glen Rice, Jr. of the Washington Wizards was unanimously named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014, while nine additional standout players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members. The summer classic has featured 24 teams competing in a total of 67 games over 11 days and will culminate tomorrow night in the Championship game between the 14th seeded Houston Rockets and the 8th seeded Sacramento Kings. The Championship game will air live on NBA TV at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
In six games for the Wizards, Rice averaged 25.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per while the Wizards had a record of 5-1. Unfortunately for Rice and the Wizards, they were eliminated from the Summer League tournament by the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Rice, Jr. was also named to the All-Summer League first time along with teammate Otto Porter, Jr., Chicago Bulls’ forward Doug McDermott and guard Tony Snell and Houston Rockets’ forward Donatas Motiejunas.
Last season, Rice averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.