BASKETBALL | Wizards’ Rui Hachimura Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

 

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura was chosen for the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced on Tuesday, September 15.

 

A global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters selected the NBA All-Rookie First and Second Teams.

 

The other All-Rookie Second Team players are Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis II, Chicago Bulls guard Coby White, and Charlotte Hornets power forward P.J. Washington. Hachimura, who averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 48 games, garnered 54 All-Rookie Second Team votes. He also received 10 First Team votes.

 

In the 2019-20 NBA campaign, Hachimura shot 46.6% from the floor and 82.2% from the free-throw line. He was the leading rebounder among rookies and had the fifth-highest scoring average among first-year players. He scored a season-best 30 points on December 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. He also missed 23 games between December and early February due to a groin injury.

 

Moreover, Hachimura was first among first-year players in games with 10 or more points and at least seven rebounds, doing so 18 times.

 

The Gonzaga University product is committed to improving his all-around skills during the offseason.

 

“I don’t know how much I can contribute, but I want to spend the offseason getting better and I hope to play well next season,” he was quoted as saying in a recent interview with the Olympic Channel.

 

See video highlights of Hachimura’s rookie season here.

 

 

Rui Hachimura averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 48 games as a rookie.

 

All-NBA Rookie First Team

 

In voting for the All-NBA Rookie First Team, Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant was unanimously selected, appearing on all 100 ballots.

 

Other First Team members are: Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, and Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall.

 

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The Wizards’ Rui Hachimura soars to the basket against the Warriors earlier this season.

 

Author:  Ed Odeven

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Ed Odeven

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Ed Odeven is a longtime sports journalist who previously worked for The Japan Times as its chief basketball reporter for nearly 14 years. He also covered a wide range of other sports for the newspaper, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games. A graduate of Arizona State University, Odeven worked for several newspapers in the Grand Canyon State before moving to Japan. He has freelanced for dozens of media outlets around the world.

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