Hope everyone loaded up on their Glen Rice Jr. Iowa Energy memorabilia. That's because the rookie swingman is no longer in the D-League but rather back in the league. Rice rejoined the Wizards in Oakland where Washington will play the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, a team source confirmed to CSNwashington.
In his first live action since undergoing right wrist surgery last month, Rice played three games with the Energy, averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.7 blocks in 36 minutes per contest.
The quick return is less about the second round pick's production against D-League players and more about the reality that his stay with Iowa wasn't expected to be long in the first place. Washington simply wanted Rice, assigned to Iowa on January 20, to have a rehab stint and test the wrist in competition. That's something he would not be guaranteed of with the Wizards.
The 6-foot-6 rookie played two games over the weekend. On Saturday, Rice had 28 points on 11-for-21 shooting, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 106-96 win vs. the Erie Bayhawks. Sunday, in a rematch with Erie, Rice had 29 points on 9-for-15 shooting, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a 111-110 loss.
Those are impressive stats, but they also require some context, which Wizards Insider J. Michael provided. Rice is averaging 2.9 points in 10 minutes per contest in 11 games (one start) with the Wizards this season.
As we've seen recently, Wizards coach Randy Wittman has recently stuck with a tight 8-9 man rotation. Unless something happens to Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster or even Otto Porter, don't expect Rice to be part of it. That said, he provides Wittman with an instant offense type option if needed. The confident rookie also provides the locker room with even more swagger, for what it's worth.