The Wizards’ Las Vegas Summer League tournament title hopes were dashed Sunday with a 74-62 loss to Sacramento in the semifinals, but second-year players Glen Rice Jr. and Otto Porter were recognized after the game for their performances at the 11-day event.
Rice was named summer league MVP after averaging 25 points on 47 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals in six games. Porter, who averaged 19 points and 5.8 rebounds, joined Rice on the summer league first team.
Rice was presented his award — and a package of rice cakes — during an on-set appearance with J.E. Skeets and “The Starters” of NBA.com.
“We’re just trying to build off of last year,” Rice said when asked about the Wizards’ offseason moves and summer league success. “Like you said, Otto Porter played extremely well in this tournament and that made it a lot easier for me because he drew a lot of double-teams and that type of thing.”
As for the addition of Paul Pierce?
“He’s gotta be able to teach me a couple things,” Rice said.
Later in the segment, Rice played “Name That Junior,” in which he attempted to guess famous juniors based on clues provided by “The Starters” and pixelated images that slowly came into focus. The first one stumped Rice.
Skeets: “His father was a two-time World Series champion.”
Skeets: “One of his nicknames was ‘The Kid.’”
Rice: “No clue.”
Skeets: “He was an All-Star outfielder for the Seattle Mariners and the Cincinnati Reds.”
Rice: “Baseball? That’s what’s hurting me right there.”
Rice, who admitted he “should’ve gotten that one,” redeemed himself somewhat with Robert Downey, Tim Hardaway and Floyd Mayweather.
As summer league MVP, Rice is in good company. Past winners include Damian Lillard in 2012, John Wall in 2010 and Blake Griffin in 2009. Last year’s winners were Jonas Valanciunas and Jeremy Lamb for the Las Vegas and Orlando leagues, respectively.