- Good size for a two-guard
- Good jump shooter
- Good rebounder for his position
- Converts at the rim
- Shoots a lot of free-throws
- Good understanding of the game
- Has to prove disciplinary issues in college are behind him
- Ball handling needs to continue to improve
- Still has work to do on defense
After getting kicked off the team at Georgia Tech in 2012, Rice made the unusual decision to go straight to the D League, where, after patiently waiting his turn, he put up monster numbers as his team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, won the league championship. In the process, Rice resurrected his profile and his NBA chances, to the point where some analysts have predicted he’ll be a first-round pick. He’ll be able to help an NBA team with his versatility and arsenal of scoring weapons.
Rice was on the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D League all season, but through 22 games he logged just 147 minutes. A series of personnel changes, including injuries and NBA call-ups, gave Rice the chance to show what he can do. He didn’t wait long, scoring 35 points on 6-of-10 3-point shooting and grabbing 15 rebounds in his first start on Feb. 4. He went on to average 25 points, 9.5 boards, 4.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in six playoff games as Rio Grande Valley won the D League championship
13.0 ppg | 6.2 rpg | 1.9 apg | 1.6 tpg | 0.9 spg | 23.7 mpg | .491 FG | .385 3PT | .752 FT
In his last 10 games of the season, Rice averaged 39.2 minutes, 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and shot 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from the 3-point line.
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What Insiders Say
Former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt
“There’s no question he’s an NBA player. He scores, he can dribble. He can pass. He’s got a great IQ for the game. He’s just got to continue to mature and make good decisions.”
What Outsiders Say
Trainer Robin Pound
“He’s a shooter. Mid-range, post-up, transition, finish at the hoop … As part of his preparation we’re working on all those things. The more diverse you are, the more valuable you are. I haven’t seen anything he sucks at.”