You all may remember the last post I made chronicling the season-long development of NBADL player Glen Rice Jr. as he rose from the bench to being the main scorer on the RGV vipers.
As the season has gone on, more and more of the vipers players have been sniped by either the Rockets or the Lakers (all the Rockets' first-round picks have either been called up or are not playing *cough Royce White cough* and D-league MVP Andrew Goudelock just started two games in the playoffs for the Lakers). This has meant gradually more and more playing time and responsibility for the relatively tall (6-6) shooting guard from Georgia Tech. Since Glen can't be called up this year, he's basically preparing for next year's draft (I assume).
Here are his stats, dividing the season and postseason into 6 sections roughly equal in length:
|Nov 16 - Dec 21||11.13||5.63||3.75||0.38||0.63||1||0.63||1.25||0.6|
|Dec 29 - Jan 23||9.75||4||2.75||0.63||0.13||0.38||0.75||2||0.83|
|Jan 26 - Feb. 13||29.11||15.44||7.56||2.89||0.89||0.67||2.22||2.22||1.3|
|Feb. 22 - Mar 16||33.0||19.7||9.1||2.6||1.7||0.7||1.8||2.4||1.4|
|Mar 21 - Apr 6||28.22||16.11||6.44||2.00||0.89||0.89||2.22||2.00||0.90|
|Playoffs (6 games)||39.17||25.00||9.50||4.33||2.00||2.00||3.83||2.17||1.13|
|Per 36 minutes||points||reb||assists||steals||blocks||turnovers||fouls|
|Nov 16 - Dec 21||18.2||12.13||1.21||2.02||3.24||2.02||4.04|
|Dec 29 - Jan 23||14.77||10.15||2.31||0.46||1.38||2.77||7.38|
|Jan 26 - Feb. 13||19.1||9.34||3.57||1.1||0.82||2.75||2.75|
|Feb. 22 - Mar 16||21.49||9.93||2.84||1.85||0.76||1.96||2.62|
|Mar 21 - Apr 6||20.55||8.22||2.55||1.13||1.13||2.83||2.55|
|Playoffs (6 games)||22.98||8.73||3.98||1.84||1.84||3.52||1.99|
|Nov 16 - Dec 21||0.517||0.231||0.667|
|Dec 29 - Jan 23||0.345||0.2||0.818|
|Jan 26 - Feb. 13||0.536||0.444||0.625|
|Feb. 22 - Mar 16||0.456||0.381||0.765|
|Mar 21 - Apr 6||0.548||0.450||0.781|
|Playoffs (6 games)||0.473||0.358||0.692|
Clearly, Glen Rice Jr. has progressed in his game. The last two sections, Mar. 21-Apr 6 and the playoffs, represent the time since the last post. Near the end of the regular season, he stayed further off the ball as Goudelock dominated more and more. What was good to see from an NBA perspective is that his per-36 numbers remained mostly the same except for somewhat decreased rebounding (probably because he was farther from the basket), and his shooting numbers as a spot-up shooter and floor runner are very good - 55% from the floor, 45% from three.
The playoffs saw Glen turn on big time. He got a ton of minutes, for the reasons described above, and also became the primary scoring option. Although his percentages went down due to heavier shooting (instead of just spot-up chances) and also due to the higher level of competition in the playoffs, he still shot respectable totals - 47% from the field, 36% from 3 - and played and increased role as a facilitator and on defense, increasing his blocks and assists significantly. He certainly showed the ability to lead a team.
Whoever ends up with this guy next year, whether he is drafted or gets an invite to a training camp, will have a strong second-unit runner who can rebound well above his position and can defend extremely well, at least against D-league competition. Expect to see continued improvement in free throw shooting and three point shooting as well.