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Wizards’ Rui Hachimura set to return vs. Warriors

Rui Hachimura, Wizards Top 10 International Forwards

Rui Hachimura is finally back for the Washington Wizards. The Japanese-born rookie will play against the Golden State Warriors on Monday after being out since Dec. 16.

Hachimura underwent a “minor procedure” early in January after he sustained a groin injury against the Detroit Pistons.

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. Although 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 against relatively weaker teams at the back half of the East.

Beal and Davis Bertans have dealt with injuries for Washington as well. With that said, 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 wide open, a lot can still happen.

The Wizards are 17-31 on the season and in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings.