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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: De'Andre Hunter

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: De'Andre Hunter

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: De'Andre Hunter

School: Virginia
Position: Small forward
Age: 21
Height: 6-7
Weight: 225
Wingspan: 7-2
Max vertical: N/A

2018/19 stats: 15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.6 bpg, 52.0 FG% (5.4/10.4), 43.8 3PT% (1.2/2.8), 78.3 FT%

Player comparison: Jimmy Butler, Robert Covington

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 5th, NBADraft.net 5th, Bleacher Report 5th, Sports Illustrated 10th, Ringer 5th

5 things to know:

*Defense is Hunter's calling card. He was the ACC defensive player of the year and has the tools to guard multiple positions. He has the potential to be an All-Defensive team player at the NBA level much like a Jimmy Butler or Paul George. Some have even compared him to Kawhi Leonard. He can run with guards and has the length to bother bigger players.

*Hunter is also a proficient three-point shooter. He shot nearly 44 percent in his last year with the Cavaliers, though on only 2.8 attempts per game. He will need to diversify his outside shooting as a pro by adding shots off the dribble. But at this point, there is good reason to believe he will be able to spread the floor in the NBA.

*He helped lead Virginia to their first national championship this past spring. He made the NCAA All-Tournament team after a run that included a 27-point, 9-rebound performance in the final against Texas Tech. In that game, he also stood out for his defense on Jarrett Culver, who may get drafted in the top five this June. Hunter helped hold him to 15 points in 41 minutes, including 0-for-6 shooting from three.

*Hunter's defense will probably translate to the NBA, but there are questions about his ceiling offensively. He needs to refine his ball-handling and play-making skills. And though he is athletic, his speed and leaping ability won't stand out as much in the pros.

*Though he left school after his sophomore year, Hunter is on the older end for a prospect. He's 21 and will turn 22 in December, midway through his rookie season. That is, of course, not old by normal standards, but it stands out at the top of the NBA draft where most guys are 19 or 20 and some, like Zion Williamson, will be 18 when they are drafted.

Fit with Wizards: Hunter is one of the best options for the Wizards in this draft class. He plays a position of need, and what he does best is what the Wizards need most. They have to get better defensively, and he could step right in as their best player on that end of the floor.

Hunter would also fit well with both Bradley Beal and John Wall with his ability to hit threes and be effective off the ball. He could end up being a similar offensive player to Otto Porter Jr., but more athletic and aggressive. 

The question would be how high Hunter's ceiling is. The Wizards really need to make this pick count. Ideally, they will find a future star that could be more than just a safe and sound building block for the future. 

Whether Hunter can develop into an All-Star is tough to tell, but there are many reasons why he makes sense for Washington.



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Rui Hachimura opens up about his love for Japanese reality show 'Terrace House'

Rui Hachimura opens up about his love for Japanese reality show 'Terrace House'

For Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese born player to be drafted in the first round of the NBA, finding ways to stay comfortable during the challenges not only as a rookie in the NBA, but during these weird times, can be a challenge. Luckily, a hit Japanese television show has allowed Hachimura to "relieve stress" and "forget about everything," according to a new article in the New York Times.

Hachimura sat down with Scott Cacciola of the New York Times recently to discuss how he finds comfort and meaning in the reality show, "Terrace House".  

There have been five seasons of "Terrace House," and Hachimura said he has watched every single one, multiple times. The premise of the show is as follows, according to the Netflix description: "Six strangers share a fabulous house in Tokyo, looking for love while living under the same roof. With no script, what happens next is up to them."

“It’s so different than other reality shows,” Hachimura told Cacciola. “It’s the one reality show where everything is actually real.”


Hachimura, according to the story, began watching the show when he was a student at Gonzaga. He's far from the only fan of the show - it has its own subreddit, has been celebrated for the food content shown on it and dubbed by more than one publication as the perfect reality show to watch to relax.

After being drafted last June, Hachimura had the opportunity to take his fandom to another level and be a part of the show, when he filled in as a guest commentator for two episodes - 13 and 14 of “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (you can watch those on Netflix now). 

"I've been a longtime fan of Terrace House," he told the enthusiastic cast members during his appearance. "I've watched it from the beginning. I got many offers from other shows on this trip, but I declined all of them."

He went on to break down his favorite moments in past "Terrace House" seasons. "I've always wanted to be on this show," he said.

The moral of the story is if you've run out of things to watch during this quarantine, be like your favorite rookie and watch "Terrace House." You've got nothing but time. 

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Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Like most sports fanatics, Isaiah Thomas has accumulated quite the jersey collection. The difference between him and the rest of us? He met all the people who's signed jerseys are hanging on his wall. 

Thomas showed off his collection to Chris Miller (watch above) as a part of his interview on the Wizards Talk Podcast, and we're going to go through it with him. 

First, he showed off his non-basketball collection, featuring Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby. It's anyone's guess how he came across a dreaded Crosby jersey, but it's safe to assume he got the Brady and Ortiz jerseys from his time in Boston and his Griffey from his roots in Seattle. 

Continuing with the Seattle theme, Thomas turned to two Sonics legends in Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Kevin Durant. Thomas has been one of the biggest advocates for the NBA returning to Seattle, and bringing up the days of Payton and Kemp would make anyone miss the Sonics. 


Next up, former Wizards teammate John Wall, Derrick Rose, Vince Carter, Muggsy Bogues, one of the best small guards to ever play, Brandon Roy and Jamal Crawford. 

Then, Thomas moved to his "Hitter List." It's a wall consisting of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Damon Stoudemire and James Harden. 

"Those are killers right there," Thomas said.

So, the main takeaway here? Thomas has a jersey collection that would make anyone jealous and he still has plenty of time to add to it before his career is over. That's when we might need a follow-up video to see the complete collection. 

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