The Wizards aren't the only story in the Las Vegas Summer League and not even the only one with local ties...
- Glen Rice Jr. loves Vegas. Named the 2014 Summer League Most Valuable Player when a member of the Wizards, the third-year guard is once again piling up the points. Playing with the Houston Rockets, Rice ranks second overall with 22.7 points through Houston's first three games while shooting 40 percent on 3-point attempts. Scoring has never been the issue. Playing within a team system on the other hand was part of the issue before. Obviously his previous summer league success didn't lead to much in terms of sticking around with the Wizards, who released the 2013 second-round pick during the season. Doesn't sound like RIce is ready to talk about what happened in Washington just yet.
- As for the leading glass man in Vegas, so far that would be Alex Len. The former Maryland standout and now a rising third-year center for the Phoenix Suns is averaging a SL-high 11 rebounds per game (Wizards big man Jarrid Famous is fifth with 9.7). Yet perhaps the most interesting nugget from this Arizona Republic piece on the 7-foot-1 center involved him perhaps becoming a 3-point shooter.
Len has been working on adding a 3-point shot this summer, hitting 70 of 100 3-point shots on one practice day. He took and missed his first 3-pointer in two games Tuesday.
"(The coach) ran that play for me," Len said. "I told him, 'You owe me one from last game because he promised me and didn't run it.'"
- Consider ProBasketballTalk.com's Kurt Helin a fan of Knicks rookie point guard Jerian Grant. Helin offered praise on the former DeMatha product as part of his Tuesday wrap-up, which includes analysis of the Jahlil Okafor-Kristaps Porzingis matchup. The Wizards technically drafted Grant with the 19th selection before officially dealing the pick in a deal for Kelly Oubre Jr. Helin:
The more I see Jerian Grant play, the more I like his game. He attacks the paint off the dribble, has fantastic court vision and gets the right guy the rock. He can finish inside and hit some jumpers. Knicks’ coach Derek Fisher was talking about him as a guy who could see a lot of minutes when the season starts if he improves at taking care of the ball.
“We really enjoy having his playmaking out there, his vision, his comfort level with handling the basketball,” Fisher said. “That’s one of the things that really excited us when we drafted him at the number we did (No. 19, a trade with the Wizards) because of that ability. To play the guard in our system, both guards need to be able to make plays, and Jerian gives us a little versatility that way, where he and Langston (Galloway) can play together, he can play with Jose (Calderon), a lot of different combinations we can put out there.”