With the No. 9 pick in the draft, the Wizards drafted Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura. Immediately after he was picked, ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups delivered a flattering, if not shocking comparison.
Billups likened Hachimura's size and defensive instincts to Leonard, the 2019 Finals MVP. But is it a fair comparison? Wizards interim general manager Tommy Sheppard sounded off.
“Chauncey’s my guy, too. He didn’t have to do that to the kid," Sheppard joked to reporters a few minutes later. "The comparison comes from the way they are quiet about their business. They're not big showboats, they let their game do the talking. If that's the comparison, I'll take it."
Hachimura is 6'8 with a 7'2 wingspan, while Leonard is 6'7 with a 7'3 wingspan. In terms of their measurements, there are similarities, but that's about where the comparison ends. If Hachimura hopes to live up to the comparison, he'll have to improve his rebounding and ball-handling skills. But hey, no pressure.
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