You already know we love guys with the NBA pedigree (see Friday’s Tim Hardaway, Jr. post), but Glen Rice, Jr. is next-level: not only did his father star for the Heat, Hornets and Lakers over a 15-year career, but unlike every other college player in the draft—and every American player since Brandon Jennings—Junior has already made his pro debut.
Rice was one of the top transfer candidates in the nation when he left Georgia Tech after his sophomore season, but he chose a different path, entering the NBA Development League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He bided his time, working hard for his burn, and in the second half he exploded, shooting 39% from the NBA 3-point line on his way to the D-League championship. Rice copped Finals MVP honors as well, scoring a ridiculous 58 points with 23 rebounds over a two-game sweep of the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Like his dad, Rice’s J is a deadly weapon, but he has an athleticism Senior never had. He attacks the rim, uses his strength to get to the line, and even participated in the D-League’s dunk contest. But, like Hardaway, Rice’s most important skill may be his experience; he’s battle-tested, he’s been on the road, and he’s ready for whatever the League throws his way.