2. Rui Hachimura
Currently tending to personal matters off the court, forward Rui Hachimura hasn’t played a single minute for the Washington Wizards this season—yet they are 10-5 with the fourth-best record in the East. After trading Russell Westbrook for a conglomerate of solidified players and picks, Washington’s frontcourt rotation is already quite dense.
Between Hachimura, Kyle Kuzma, Deni Avdija and Davis Bertans, something has to give. Based on how well the team has performed to this point—with particular kudos to Kuzma and Avdija for their early-season strides—Washington might consider moving Hachimura for assets and/or a player who can improve their backcourt depth.
Hachimura is a versatile two-way athlete who uses high basketball intellect and strong instincts to switch around the court defensively. He’s steadily improving as a rhythm jump shooter and always competes in the paint. He moves the ball well for his team and is learning to relocate on the court to improve spacing.
Like Bagley, the 3-point jump shot needs work, but he’s capable of knocking them down when given a decent look. At only 23, Hachimura fits the Spurs’ timeline nicely while adding some size and speed on the wing. He’s someone I had pegged for the Spurs in his draft class because of his baseline of skills with substantial upside.
Since he's such a unique prospect, the Wizards likely won’t want to move him anytime soon despite their glut of players at his position. Even so, it’s definitely worth calling their front office to check in on the pricepoint to add another fixture to the blooming young core.