Dio checks in on a deep rookie class and how things went in Vegas
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.
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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.
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