Wizards’ Rui Hachimura Nears Return To Game Action

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The Washington Wizards have been one of the pleasant surprises in the NBA thus far in the 2021-22 NBA season. The vast upgrades they did of the roster in the offseason are paying off, as the team is 7-3, which is tied for the second-most wins in the NBA with four other teams; the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Utah Jazz.

The team has been receiving great contributions up and down the roster. Superstar shooting guard Bradley Beal leads the team with 24.2 points per game, but he has yet to really find his groove offensively.

Winning games despite their best player still looking to find some consistency with his shooting stroke is rather impressive. They are also missing another key piece of their rotation in forward, Rui Hachimura.

Hachimura was away from the team for weeks as he dealt with a personal matter. After missing all of training camp and the regular season thus far, it sounds as if a return is imminent.

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Over at The Athletic, a positive update was provided on Hachimura, who has returned to the team recently and is nearing a return to the court to play.

“Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has resumed being around the team in recent days and is expected to be reintegrated fully in the next two weeks, sources said. Hachimura, who missed training camp and has yet to play this season due to personal reasons, will go through the proper ramp-up process before returning to the floor.”

This is excellent news for Hachimura and theWashington Wizards. It is good that whatever was keeping him from the court has been rectified, allowing him to make his return to the team.

In his absence, Kyle Kuzma has been the starting power forward. Kuzma is averaging 14.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 33.1 minutes per game. He will likely see his minutes scaled back a bit once Hachimura returns to the lineup. The same could be said for Davis Bertans and Corey Kispert as well.

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In the first two seasons of his career, Rui Hachimura is averaging 13.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 30.9 minutes per game.