Rui Hachimura‘s biggest asset has been his ability to score, as he has the ability to shoot the three and get to the basket.
However, Wizards’ assistant coach Pat Delany, who has been serving as Wes Unseld Jr.’s replacement while he’s been in the health and safety protocols, noted how he sees Hachimura’s defensive potential.
“I think he’s got the ability to be an elite-level defender, not just with bigger guys but smaller guys like (Anfernee) Simons that are quicker,” Delany said. “As he’s around more, and we’re doing more and more stuff, I think it’s only going to help him. He does a lot of good things. The energy and physicality he plays with is a big asset for our team.”
Hachimura held Simons to just 1-of-3 shooting during the Wizards’ recent matchup against the Trail Blazers, though Hachimura only guarded him for 31 seconds of action.
Hachimura is currently averaging 5.3 points per game in his four games back after being away from the team due to personal reasons.