Rui Hachimura Sidelined for Approximately Three Weeks
Hachimura is dealing with conjunctivitis in both eyes, which will cause him to miss approximately the first three weeks of the regular season. Head coach Scott Brooks repeatedly downplayed the issue during the preseason, but it’s going to end up costing Hachimura significant time.
Hachimura put together a solid rookie season for the Wizards in 2020. He averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game over an average of 30.1 minutes. He also shot 82.9% from the free throw line, which bodes well for his ability to eventually move behind the 3-point line.
Hachimura’s injury opens the door for Davis Bertans to enter the starting lineup. Bertans is coming off the best year of his career in his first season with the Wizards. He averaged 15.4 points per game and has developed into one of the most lethal 3-point shooters in the league. He shot 42.4% from behind the arc in 2020 on a robust 8.7 attempts per game. That said, Bertans was limited to just one preseason game after showing up late to training camp, so it’s possible that he’s eased into the rotation to start the year.
Troy Brown Jr. and Deni Avdija will also have the opportunity for some additional playing time. Both players were impressive during the preseason, with Brown averaging 12.5 points over 21.1 minutes and Avdija averaging 10.3 points over 29.4 minutes.