In a society where patience has gone out the window and only instant gratification matters, the poor play of the 2013 rookie class has many ready to write them off entirely. But while there isn’t an Anthony Davis in the bunch, this year’s draft had plenty of good young players who, for a variety of reasons, were simply not ready for the NBA. Read More. Written by Jonathan Tjarks on Apr 17, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.
Glen Rice Jr. played 16 games with the Iowa Energy of the D-League and he's excited to be back with the Washington Wizards.
Rice enjoyed the ability to get back on the court and build his endurance.
“That was definitely the fun part of it, to get out there and play the game that I love,” Rice said. “Basically I got out there and got conditioning because we don’t really do the same stuff as Washington. … I worked on ball handling, shooting, defense. Just fine-tuning some things.”
Rice averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in the D-League.
As he prepared to join an NBA team midseason, Drew Gooden maintained his training in Washington and had long made clear to Wizards management that he was interested in a possible signing. Once the Wizards cleared a roster spot during the trade deadline, they elevated interest in Gooden and signed him to a 10-day contract when injury issues struck the frontcourt.
“I live in the Washington area, and I’m tired of moving,” Gooden told RealGM. “The Wizards already knew I was interested in them, and we got a deal done. Ernie [Grunfield] and Tommy Sheppard did a great job of getting this deal done. It’s a great move for them getting into the playoffs.”
Gooden had gone unsigned after being released in the summer by the Milwaukee Bucks through the amnesty provision.
“I was watching the game from afar and critiquing the NBA, observing games and what type of player I would be when I come back,” he said. “The time off was a reset for me in my career.”
Gooden went scoreless in his first two appearances this season, but he’s produced 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the last two games – further cementing the Wizards’ plan to sign the 12-year pro for the remainder of the season as long as he remains healthy into the expiration of his second 10-day contract.
“I’m just happy to have the opportunity,” Gooden said. “Everything else is out of my hands.”