Dio checks in on the Southeast Division, where the Magic boast a strong group of international talent.
October 15, 2019, 2:45 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Both Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura were wearing the white jerseys, joining Ish Smith, Bradley Beal and Thomas Bryant as starters in Tuesday's practice.
There were whispers of the Wizards shifting the sharp-shooting Bertans up to the three spot as the team deals with a multitude of injuries, and this practice is a good indication of the team doing so. Bertans makes for a nice late-round pick for his propensity to knock down triples.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 10:03 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Against the Bucks on Sunday, Rui Hachimura produced 10 points (4-of-13 FGs, 1-of-8 FTs), 12 rebounds and three steals.
It was a mixed bag for Hachimura overall. While it is great to see the counting stats, Hachimura would be a real drain on fantasy rosters if he shot this poorly throughout the season. He is still slated for a starting role on the Wizards, and is well worth a late-round flier to see if he can continue to deliver numbers without the inefficient shooting.
October 11, 2019, 6:36 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura (rest) will sit out Friday's preseason game.
Hachimura carried Team Japan at the World Cup and has looked good in earlier preseason competition so the night off is well-deserved. The rookie will be competing for a starting spot this season, putting him on the board as a potential late-round flier. Isaac Bonga and Moe Wagner will start at the forward spots tonight.
Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter
October 9, 2019, 10:22 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Despite only playing 16 minutes on Wednesday, Rui Hachimura tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven to go along with 11 points (4-for-8 FGs), two assists and a block.
Hachimura also went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe to complete and all-around efficient scoring night for the rookie. He's slated in as the starting forward on this team and nights like tonight give head coach Scott Brooks no reason to rethink that decision.
October 7, 2019, 10:35 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura's preseason debut went well on Monday as he went for 12 points (4-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), four rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes.
Hachimura looks to have a starting spot on a bad team, which can be a recipe for fantasy success. His supporting stats weren't great in college, but there's a chance that he puts up enough points with a good shooting percentage that he'll be worth a fantasy start all season.
October 7, 2019, 5:41 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
According to beat writer Candace Buckner, Wizards forward Rui Hachimura is expected to start Monday night's game versus the Knicks.
Hachimura will get a chance to make his case for a starting spot. He'll be competing with Davis Bertans but should have a leg up as the ninth overall pick in this year's draft.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
September 26, 2019, 3:51 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards don't plan to keep Rui Hachimura on a strict minutes workload during training camp.
Hachimura sat out the last two games of the World Cup after experiencing some knee discomfort and general fatigue but it sounded like something he could've played through had Team Japan had meaningful games left. In the mix for a starting spot, keep an eye on Hachimura's deployment throughout the preseason.
Source: Washington Wizards
September 6, 2019, 12:15 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura will sit out the last two games of the FIBA World Cup with some light knee discomfort.
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.