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Wizards’ Rui Hachimura could play vs. Nets on Saturday

Rui Hachimura, Wizards

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks says rookie Rui Hachimura could play against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

Hachimura underwent a “minor procedure” after he sustained a groin injury on Dec. 16. He’s been out ever since:

Hachimura has appeared in 25 games this season for the Wizards. He’s averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 20.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Wizards selected Hachimura with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft. The 21-year-old, who was born in Toyoma, Japan, played his college ball at Gonzaga.

All-Star point guard John Wall is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear. Even though star shooting guard Bradley Beal is one of the best players in the NBA, most pundits don’t believe the Wizards have enough talent to compete for a playoff spot, even though the back half of the East is pretty bad.

Beal and Davis Bertans have dealt with injuries as well for Washington. It would be surprising to see the Wizards make the playoffs this season given their roster balance and injuries. But again, since the bottom of the East is so weak, you never know what can happen.

The Wizards are 15-31 on the season. They are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings.