by JT Sutton | Wizards Correspondent | Fri, Sep 6th 12:08pm EDT
In a statement released yesterday by the Japanese Basketball Association, through the Washington Wizards, it was announced that Rui Hachimura would miss the final two games of the FIBA World Cup. The statement cited, “knee discomfort and general fatigue,” as the reason for the decision (in light of NBA training camp beginning in a few weeks). (ESPN)
Hachimura is quickly becoming the face of Japanese basketball since being chosen by the Wizards in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Although there have been conflicting reports regarding Hachimura’s role at the start of the season, there is little doubt that he is being groomed for a starting role (and could seize it sooner rather than later). He is a worthy sleeper pick in the later rounds of redraft leagues and even more so in dynasty and keeper leagues.