The 2019-20 season hasn’t been a kind one for the Washington Wizards, especially when it comes to staying healthy. The injury bug has affected just about everyone on the Wizards roster. Rui Hachimura, sidelined since December 16th when he took an accidental kick to the groin from teammate Isaac Bonga, is slated to miss more time.
The news about Hachimura shouldn’t come as a shock. The Wizards know that this season is all about evaluating who’s going to be here next season and beyond. And making sure Hachimura is 100% healthy when he returns is now the priority. He’s a big piece of the Wizards’ nucleus, and there is definitely no need to rush him back.
As for when the return date will be, Hachimura is going to have his groin re-evaluated in mid-January. He missed his seventh straight game on Monday night against the Miami Heat, which resulted in a 123-105 Wizards win at home.
In 25 games this season, Hachimura is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. On draft night in June, some questioned whether he was the right pick for the Wizards when he was picked ninth overall. But he has exceeded expectations, and is now a cornerstone of the franchise.
As stated, not rushing Hachimura back is smart. No doubt, this season has been a tough one, which has resulted in a 10-22 record for the Wizards thus far. But there’s indeed a payoff here in this situation.
The payoff is knowing going into the 2020-21 season, the Wizards will have a healthy John Wall back. Wall’s return will also be the return of one of the NBA’s best backcourts, with Bradley Beal by his side.
Not to mention, another lottery pick at the Wizards’ disposal to help this team improve quickly next season. So Hachimura being out for at least a couple of more weeks isn’t all bad. It’s all about the future, and Wizards’ fans should definitely be excited about it.