The bigs for the Wizards aren't a problem in terms of volume. They have them but it's a question of what to do with them all and where -- or if -- Daniel Ochefu can find a place going into his second season.
Signed as an undrafted free agent on a non-guaranteed minimum, Ochefu stuck because the Wizards had to get a big body available behind Marcin Gortat due to knee injuries to Ian Mahinmi.
And when Mahinmi came back, that eliminated any real chance of Ochefu logging meaningful time on a team that was in the chase for the No. 1 seed with a month left in the season.
Ochefu is a true center on a roster in which Markieff Morris and Jason Smith play at the five spot when a stretch option is preferred.
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The skinny: 1.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 44.4% FG shooting; 19 appearances.
Best game: April 12 regular-season finale at the Miami Heat. It was a game that the Wizards conceded before it began by resting starters with their playoff fate already determined. Ochefu played a season-high 17 minutes with eight points and three rebounds.
Weak spots: It's difficult to get a read given how sparingly Ochefu played, but he's actually advanced defensively considering his experience level. Offensively, that's where he has the most room to grow. His moves aren't polished.
Fixes: Playing time is the obvious one, and it could be easier to find if he sticks and Mahinmi maintains his health. With two healthy, veteran bigs the Wizards can be more comfortable with sending Ochefu to D-League to get in reps.
Next step: He'll be at Las Vegas summer league next month. Given that Ochefu is the most affordable big on the roster, any progress he makes creates options.
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Rui Hachimura dunked all over Argentina Thursday in an international friendly ahead of the 2020 FIBA World Cup.
The Wizards' first-round pick is representing Japan in the FIBA World Cup that starts later this month. In a tune-up game for that tournament, Japan played Argentina in a friendly and, well, Hachimura had a day. He had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but one of the highlights of the day was this steal and breakaway dunk from the rookie.
The other highlight? Another Hachimura dunk.
Argentina went on to beat Japan, 108-93, but Hachimura's performance was promising. The FIBA World Cup starts on August 31. Hachimura hopes to, and likely will, represent Japan at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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Excited for the upcoming NBA season? A new beverage is making its way to Capital One Arena.
The Washington Wizards have announced they will be partnering with the award-winning brewer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company for the upcoming NBA season.
Fans will now be able to purchase the Full Court Press Hard Cherry Lemonade exclusively at Wizards home games, located on the 400 level near section 429/430. The new Wizards-branded cherry hard lemonade will be available on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
The Full Court Press will feature the Devils Backbone and Wizards logos, in addition to the team’s colors. The design will also include hash marks, a half-court circle to replicate a basketball court, and three stars to honor the District of Columbia. In an effort to generate excitement among Wizards fans, the lemonade's tagline is “Rep The District.”
Devils Backbone Brewing Company has quite a reputation around the district. In the past, the brewery partnered with the Washington Redskins to create the #ATTR Ale at FedEx Field and this September it will launch the Capi-tale India Pale Ale with the Capitals.