Glen Rice Jr., Archie Goodwin & Others Star on NBA D-League Assignments

With a flurry of roster moves taking place across both leagues, the past few days have featured the most exciting action on the NBA assignment front outside of Showcase this season. Below is a rundown of the recent headliners:


Nearly nine months have passed since Rice Jr. took over the NBA D-League playoffs, but the do-it-all guard is still in championship mode. His numbers through three games with the Iowa Energy (24.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg, 2.7 bpg) are almost identical to the ones he posted during the RGV Vipers' perfect postseason run last season (25.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.0 spg, 2.0 bpg) -- further proof of how the NBA D-League helped shape the 23-year-old's game and career.

A return to his roots could be just what the Wizards' second-round draft pick needs to get going once he gets back to 100% following wrist surgery.


You never know what it could take for a player to get going, especially a 19-year-old with all-world talent. Goodwin's two-game stint with the Jam can be filed under "confidence booster" -- a benefit of the NBA D-League as useful as the tangible boost in playing time. The ultra-athletic guard dominated in a way he hadn't since he was a high school star, scoring 59 points in two games.

He was simply unstoppable attacking the paint against Sioux Falls, drawing 10 fouls and making 15/18 from the charity stripe. Then he showcased a mature game against Reno, shooting 10/18 from the floor and turning the ball over just twice, finishing his stint at 5/14 from three (compared to 3/28 with the Suns). Considering that the knocks on Goodwin after his season at Kentucky revolved around his jump shot, shot selection and wildness, this assignment was a definite net-positive.


Players like Kuzmic are picked in the second round every year, often met with a "Who?" from fans still tuned into the NBA Draft, before disappearing overseas for a season or more. But after his year in a Spanish league, the Warriors shuttling their 2012 second-round pick between Oakland and Santa Cruz this season gives us -- and more importantly them -- a chance to unravel some of the mystery surrounding him.

And through five games in the NBA D-League, we can draw at least one conclusion: This guy can rebound. Kuzmic is averaging a ridiculous 10.8 rebounds in 19 minutes per game, which (for context) translates to 27.3 over 48 minutes. The 7-footer's 28.7% rebound rate leads the league by almost 9%. Of course, his sky-high foul rate (3.8 per game) is likely the main reason for his reduced playing time, so avoiding that and finding more opportunities to score (7.0 ppg) are the next steps.


Isaiah Canaan appeared in just five games and played a total of 20 minutes during his near-month filling in with the Rockets, but has picked up right where he left off running the RGV show (25.8 ppg, 6.8 apg over last four). He left Monday's game with a hamstring injury. ... Cavs second-round draft pick Carrick Felix -- a teammate of No. 1 Prospect Pierre Jackson while the two were freshmen at the College of Southern Idaho (2009-10) -- averaged 12.3 points on 56% shooting over his last three games for Canton before being recalled on Sunday. ... Thunder second-rounder Andre Roberson put up 20 points and 13 rebounds against RGV on Monday. A high-energy, undersized forward, he's been all over the place for Tulsa -- averaging 16.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.2 blocks -- but is shooting just 30% from outside of five feet.