RICE, JR. BECOMES FOURTH NBA D-LEAGUE PLAYER SELECTED IN NBA DRAFT
MCALLEN, Texas, June 28, 2013 – The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Glen Rice, Jr. (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 6-6, 215) with the 35th overall pick of NBA Draft 2013 presented by State Farm last night, before trading his rights to the Washington Wizards. With the selection, Rice, Jr. became the fourth NBA Development League player selected in an NBA Draft.
In 42 regular season games, 25 starts, for the Vipers last season, Rice, Jr. averaged 13.0 points, shooting 49 percent from the field, to go with 6.2 rebounds and 23.7 minutes. He scored in double figures 26 times, including a career-high 35 points in a 112-97 road win over the Springfield Armor on Feb. 4. He notched double-figure rebounds in eight regular season games.
In postseason play, Rice, Jr. upped his numbers, averaging 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 39.2 minutes as the Vipers went 6-0 in the playoffs en route to capturing the 2013 NBA D-League Championship. He recorded three point/rebound double-doubles and was second overall in scoring and minutes in the playoffs.
Rice, Jr. joins Mike Taylor (55th overall, 2008), Latavious Williams (48th overall, 2009) and Chukwudiebere Maduabum (54th overall, 2011) as players with NBA D-League experience to be selected in an NBA Draft.
The NBA D-League continues to provide an opportunity for NBA draftees to develop their skills, with more than 40 percent of players drafted in the NBA since 2005 having played in the NBA D-League. Twenty-six members of the 2012 NBA Draft class honed their skills in the NBA D-League during the 2012-13 NBA season, while an all-time high 30 percent of players boasted NBA D-League experience. Additionally, an all-time high 76 players on postseason NBA rosters had spent time in the NBA D-League during their careers, including 2013 NBA Champions Chris Andersen, Joel Anthony and Jarvis Varnado of the Miami Heat.
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 17 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.