Dio checks in on a deep rookie class and how things went in Vegas
September 6, 2019, 12:15 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura will sit out the last two games of the FIBA World Cup.
Hahcimura had his fun on Team Japan, but there was no real reason for him to play the rest of the tournament out with the team unable to move on to further rounds.
September 4, 2019, 1:47 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans is likely to join the Wizards' starting lineup over rookie Rui Hachimura, according to The Athletic's Fred Katz.
Bertans played a reserve role for the Spurs last season but should initially start for the Wizards. Hachimura was a standout for Gonzaga last season and the Wizards drafted him ninth overall. However, they may look to bring him along slowly while Bertans receives more minutes.
Source: Fred Katz of The Athletic
September 3, 2019, 10:01 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting while adding six rebounds, four assists and a steal in a loss against Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Hachimura was the lone bright spot for Japan in a game where they trailed from the beginning. The Wizards rookie looked impressive even when the Czechs double-teamed him but his effort was not enough and Japan is now most likely eliminated from the Round of 16.
September 2, 2019, 8:44 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 15 points, though on just 3-of-10 from the floor, going 9-for-10 from the free throw line in 31 minutes of a blowout loss to Turkey on Sunday.
Hachimura also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the contest. Look for similar performances from the Wizards rookie this coming season as he'll be counted on for heavy minutes in their thin rotation. Ersan Ilyasova had a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds and five triples for the victors.
August 28, 2019, 7:52 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
In a Q&A column, Candice Buckner of the Washington Post speculated that the Wizards could field a starting lineup of Isaiah Thomas, Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant at the beginning of next season.
Bertans comes across as the only player here that would be a bit surprsing to see in the starting lineup, mostly because it would put him out of position. Buckner makes the case that his floor spacing ability would outweigh the defensive limitations that would come from playing him there. From a fantasy perspective, he doesn't provide much aside from 3's and low turnovers, and it would likely take a big boost from his 21.5 minutes per game last season to put him on the radar for standard leagues.
Source: Washington Post
August 25, 2019, 7:54 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura showed off his scoring prowess with 31 points in Japan's comeback victory over Germany on Saturday.
After a nice string of Summer League performances, Rui Hachimura is continuing his strong play in FIBA World Cup exhibition games for Japan. He can clearly get his own look in the mid-range, and the rookie should get a chance to perform for the Wizards this year. Keep an eye on Hachimura's preseason opportunities, as the competition for the Wizards' power forward minutes isn't fierce. He could be worth a late-round flyer in standard league-drafts.
Source: Mike Schmitz on Twitter
August 12, 2019, 11:26 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 35 points in a 99-89 win for Japan over New Zealand in today's warmup game.
Hachimura was the 9th pick overall and jumped a couple spots on draft day but joins a Wizards team with a wide open slot at the four. He could see some real burn during the regular season, but it's August and we're not going to get too excited over a warmup game. His game is iso-heavy and he'll have to do a lot more between the lines to be an impactful fantasy player.
July 19, 2019, 9:05 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura will play for Japan in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Fresh off of a Summer League Second Team selection, Hachimura will continue to flash his impressive scoring acumen as one of Japan's most talented players. Heading into his rookie season, Hachimura will have a very good shot at playing time on a Wizards team that has open minutes virtually everywhere across the roster.
July 15, 2019, 5:27 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
The 2019 Summer League Second Team is comprised of Rui Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, Anfernee Simons, Jaxson Hayes and Chris Boucher.
Of the bunch, Hachimura looks the most likely to be fantasy-relevant this season. He's going to have a great chance to log minutes for a Wizards team that's short on depth at the forward spots. In three games in Vegas, Hachiumra averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Walker is looking to crack the rotation after an injury-plagued rookie season but might have a hard time outplaying San Antonio's capable guards. Simons could slot into the Portland backcourt with the departure of Seth Curry while Boucher is the reigning G-League MVP and Hayes looks like an interesting long-term prospect next to Zion Williamson in New Orleans.
Source: NBA on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 8:56 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura led the Wizards with 25 points and nine boards on Thursday night in the win over the Hawks.
Hachimura has been strong throughout the Summer League and should get all the opportunity to play for a very uninspiring Wizards squad.
July 8, 2019, 8:56 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura had another good game on Monday, this time with 19 points (6-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), seven boards, a steal and a block in 29 minutes.
Hachimura could be looking at solid minutes as a rookie because of his age and the current state of his team. It seemed like few scouts agreed on where he should be picked, but if his skills translate, he could be one of the better fantasy rookies this coming season.
July 7, 2019, 12:31 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 14 points in Saturday's win against the Pelicans, adding five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
Hachimura, the 9th pick in the draft, got the start at PF and ended up playing 33 minutes. He didn't shoot well from the field going 6-of-16 and missing his only 3-point attempt but made use of his 7'2" wingspan and blocked two shots. Chalk the poor shooting as first game jitters, Hachimura was a fine shooter for Gonzaga and will have two days to shake it off before a second go-around.
June 20, 2019, 8:35 pmRui HachimuraF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards have selected Rui Hachimura ninth overall in Thursday’s draft.
Hachimura is the first Japanese-born player to ever be selected in the first round of an NBA draft. He averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds at Gonzaga last season but will need to work on his outside shot. Hachimura has a polished scoring game inside the arc, however, and is a solid defender with a 7’2″ wingspan. His long-term position is up for debate, but the Wizards figure to give him run at both forward spots with so much up in the air on their roster. Hachimura averaged 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks in over 30 minutes per game in his final season with the Bulldogs, which means he’ll have some work to do as far as his stat set is concerned. He’ll be a long-term fantasy play.
Welcome back and happy Friday Hoop-Ballers! We will be taking a look into all the international players that were selected or went undrafted last Thursday in New York, but please allow me to make some…