Acting GM Tommy Sheppard speaks on how the Wizards are helping Rui Hachimura adapt to the NBA
Rui Hachimura is being asked to do a lot. The Washington Wizards are attempting to rebound from a massively disappointing 2018-19 season. The team failed to reach the playoffs for the second time in six years. The Wizards posted their lowest win total in seven seasons and saw their most expensive player, John Wall, go down early in the season with a devastating injury.
Now, the team is attempting to rebuild. A key player in that rebuild will be rookie Rui Hachimura. The Wizards selected Hachimura with the ninth overall pick, and are doing everything they can to prepare him for NBA basketball. Acting general manager Tommy Sheppard spoke on how the team is working with Hachimura to get him adjusted to the new environment:
“He has been around a long time in this environment and is very, very comfortable in it, so we kind of take our cues from him. Our biggest thing is to give him what he needs to be successful on the court and off the court. We are always constantly checking with him. He’s comfortable with the way things are. Our players are really impressed with his maturity and his ability to block out any distraction.”
Hachimura spent three years in college and has shown maturity through his play and interviews. The Wizards will count on the young man to remain focused and hungry in order to help the team become relevant again.