Rui Hachimura

Rui Hachimura

26-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Lakers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Hachimura was in the midst of a mostly uneventful season with Washington before a January trade sent him to Los Angeles. Prior to the move, he had come off the bench for each of his 30 contests with the Wizards, posting per-game averages of 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 three-pointers over 24.3 minutes. An ankle injury cost him a month of action early in the campaign, but he did have a few shining moments, including two 30-point efforts -- one of which occurred during his final game before he was traded. Soon after joining the Lakers, Hachimura was given the chance to start. He was only mildly productive and ended up coming off the bench for most of the rest of the regular season, putting up 9.6 points, 4.7 boards, 0.7 dimes and 0.6 triples overall across 22.3 minutes. Things took a turn for Hachimura in the postseason, as he put up 29 points in Los Angeles' first postseason game and added three more efforts of 20-plus points during the team's 16-game playoff run. The forward out of Gonzaga was especially important to LA's postseason success because of his potent outside shooting, as he knocked down 48.7 percent of his 39 three-point tries. Hachimura's playoff performance was likely a key factor in the Lakers prioritizing re-signing him in the offseason, and he landed a three-year, $51 million deal to stay in Los Angeles. He'll likely continue to come off the bench this season but should play enough minutes to make a consistent impact. From a fantasy perspective, Hachimura may be worth a look late in deeper drafts for his ability to average double-digit points with a smattering of rebounds and triples. He'll likely be good for a decent shooting percentage as well but offers very little on the defensive end. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $51 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Rui Hachimura was born in 1998 in Toyama, Japan. His the first Japanese-born player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft (2019) and was only the fifth Japanese-born male to play NCAA Division I college basketbal. Rui's mother, Makiko, is of Japanese decent and his father, Zakari Jabil, is Beninese. Rui has three younger siblings. The name "Rui" means "base" or "fortress" in Japanese and was given to the forward by his grandfather. Hachimura caught the attention of the basketball world via a breakout performance at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai in August 2014, where he averaged a tournament-best 22.1 points per game. Hachimura also led Meisei High School to a second straight winter All-Japan High School Tournament title, averaging 28.0 points in five games. The 6-foot-8 forward appeared in three games for Team Japan during the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and averaged 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per FIBA contest. Check him out on Twitter (@rui_8mura). Hachimura honed his basketball skills as a teenager in his native Japan, leading Meisei High School to multiple championships and shining in the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship before heading to the United States to attend Gonzaga. The 6-foot-8 forward didn't see the court much during his freshman season with the Bulldogs, as he averaged only 4.6 minutes per game in 28 contests. His role expanded as a sophomore, however, resulting in an uptick in playing time to 20.7 minutes per game in 37 contests, including two starts. Hachimura turned many heads with his performance during that 2017-18 season, averaging 11.6 points on 56.8 percent shooting from the field while grabbing 4.7 rebounds. His strong play earned Hachimura a starting role during the 2018-19 campaign, and the talented junior responded by bursting onto the national scene as one of the top offensive players in the country. In his final season with the Bulldogs, Hachimura raised his scoring average to 19.7 points and pulled down 6.5 boards. His shooting remained elite, as he posted a 59.1 field goal percentage and added a new wrinkle to his game by drilling 41.7 percent of his three-point attempts. Hachimura's excellence resulted in a slew of honors, including a spot on the Wooden Award All-American Team, the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and the WCC Player of the Year Award.

Ends season on high note
FLos Angeles Lakers
April 30, 2024
Hachimura chipped in 15 points (6-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes during Monday's 108-106 loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Hachimura scored in double figures for the first time during the opening-round series, but it wasn't enough as the Lakers were bounced from the playoffs by the Nuggets for a second consecutive season. From Feb. 9 through April 16, Hachimura averaged 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals-plus-blocks in 31.4 minutes. He excelled as a starter during the regular season, but Hachimura's poor postseason may impact his role next season. He signed a three-year, $51 million deal with the Lakers last summer.
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How does Rui Hachimura compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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62.8%
 
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60.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
34.3%
 
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19.8%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.7%
 
Defensive Rebound %
13.7%
 
Total Rebound %
8.9%
 
Assist %
6.3%
 
Steal %
1.0%
 
Block %
1.2%
 
Turnover %
5.3%
 
Usage %
18.5%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
22.8
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Length of deal a turnoff
FLos Angeles Lakers
February 6, 2024
Hachimura's three-year, $50 million contract does not carry value to opposing teams, The Athletic's John Hollinger reports.
ANALYSIS
Hachimura is amid a solid season for the Lakers, averaging 11.3 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 49.7 percent from the field, including 38.9 percent from deep, across 38 appearances. However, Hollinger notes that his deal runs "too long to make trade partners comfortable." Hachimura's potential inclusion in a deal will be a storyline before Thursday's trade deadline, as the 25-year-old owns a plus-5.2 net rating per 100 possessions. However, he ranks in the 29th percentile for opponent shooting efficiency as a primary defender.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hachimura's production took a step back in Year 3 after two promising campaigns to start his career, but he did increase his efficiency as a shooter, connecting on 49.1 percent of his field-goal attempts and 44.7 percent of his three-pointers -- both career highs. The forward had a slow start to the campaign as he didn't join the team until late November due to personal reasons and then was sidelined due to conditioning issues for a month before ultimately landing in COVID-19 protocols at the end of December. He eventually cleared protocols and made his season debut Jan. 9 against the Magic but found himself in a log jam at power forward with newcomers Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and, eventually, Kristaps Porzingis. However, with Kyle Kuzma sidelined due to knee tendonitis, Hachimura started the final 13 games of the season and showed off his potential by posting 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds across 28.6 minutes per game. He'll again face strong competition for playing time after the acquisition of Will Barton, but his size and skill should still allow him to carve out a substantial bench role.
In Hachimura's second season with the Wizards, the forward saw a similar role to his rookie season. He notched similar averages of 13.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Last season, the 23-year-old recorded 26 games where he managed 15 or more points and he even improved his three-point shooting percentage by almost five percent (32.8). Hachimura didn't face much competition for minutes during the 2019-20 season, but he is expected to this upcoming season as the Wizards have a lot more depth in the frontcourt. The former Gonzaga star will battle with Davis Bertans, Kyle Kuzma and Deni Avdija for playing time. With Russell Westbrook now a Laker, the Wizards will need role players like Hachimura to step up and score more on any given night. It's likely Hachimura will start every game again like last season, but he could end up seeing fewer minutes, and his numbers may drop. There is plenty of upside in taking a young forward who can break out in any game, but the risks of him losing his starting role and seeing less production could result in Hachimura getting drafted in the final few rounds of fantasy drafts.
After a strong collegiate career at Gonzaga, Hachimura earned a lottery selection and took on an immediate starting role with a heavily-depleted Washington team. In his first season, the forward averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists while posting 46.6/28.7/82.9 shooting splits. He averaged 30.1 minutes per contest and started every game he played. Hachimura notched three double-doubles and one 30-point performance and was selected to the All-Rookie second team. He shared time in the frontcourt with Davis Bertans, who is back with the team after re-signing. John Wall, who has been out for the past two seasons with an Achilles injury, is on track to make his return in 2020-21 and figures to be involved heavily in the offense immediately. Hachimura got plenty of run and usage thanks to the dearth of playmakers available, but with Wall returning, it wouldn't be surprising if Hachimura's numbers remained somewhat stagnant.
Hachimura was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft, and he figures to be the Wizards' starting power forward immediately. He averaged 19.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a junior with Gonzaga, winning the WCC Player of the Year award behind his strong play. He's a serviceable defender (1.6 combined blocks/steals in 2018-19) and shooter (57.9 FG percentage in collegiate career). Though he shot 41.7 percent from three last season, it was his first year shooting better than 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. The long range game is not his specialty, but Hachimura can step out and get a bucket at times. With a dearth of playmakers in Washington, Hachimura's natural scoring and rebounding abilities should afford him a fairly high fantasy ceiling, especially considering he'll probably see minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s. He's a late-round pick in standard formats who could surpass his current ADP.
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Shores up interior in loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
April 10, 2024
Hachimura produced 20 points (7-21 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 134-120 loss to the Warriors.
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Leads team with 30 points in loss
FLos Angeles Lakers
April 8, 2024
Hachimura recorded 30 points (11-17 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and one assist over 36 minutes during Sunday's 127-117 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Tallies 19 points Wednesday
FLos Angeles Lakers
April 4, 2024
Hachimura provided 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 125-120 victory over Washington.
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Rides red-hot hand to 32 points
FLos Angeles Lakers
March 27, 2024
Hachimura finished with 32 points (11-14 FG, 7-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 36 minutes during Wednesday's 136-124 win over the Grizzlies.
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Steps up sans LeBron James
FLos Angeles Lakers
March 27, 2024
Hachimura amassed 16 points (7-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds and one assist across 39 minutes in Tuesday's 128-124 double-overtime victory over Milwaukee.
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