- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Rui Hachimura
- Nickname: Black Samurai
- Date of Birth: February 8, 1998
- Age: 25 years
- Birthplace: Toyama, Japan
- Mother: Makiko Hachimura (Japanese)
- Father: Zakari Jabil (Beninese)
- Siblings: Allen Hachimura, Amina Hachimura
- Relationship Status: Dating Briana Delgado (Instagram model and fitness icon)
- Career Information:
- Current Team:
- Los Angeles Lakers (Jersey #28, Position: Power Forward/Small Forward)
- Position: Power Forward, Small Forward
- Year: 2019
- Round: 1st
- Pick: 9th overall by the Washington Wizards
- NBA Debut: October 23, 2019
- Experience: 4 years
- Current Team:
- Physical Details:
- Height: 2.03 m (6 feet 8 inches)
- Weight: 104 kg (230 pounds)
- Shoe Size: Size 17 (US)
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Latest Contract: 3 years, $51,000,000 (Signed July 6, 2023)
- Average Annual Salary: $17 million
- Net Worth: Estimated $12 million
- Other Details:
Rui Hachimura Stats
Rui Hachimura, currently a player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA, has shown his capabilities as a Power Forward, wearing jersey number #28. Here’s a brief overview of his career statistics:
Career Averages (Per Game):
- Games Played (GP): 219
- Games Started (GS): 128
- Minutes (MIN): 26.7
- Field Goals (FG): 4.9-10.2 (48.3% accuracy)
- 3-Point Shots (3PT): 0.9-2.4 (35.4% accuracy)
- Free Throws (FT): 1.8-2.3 (77.0% accuracy)
- Rebounds (REB): 4.9 (1.0 offensive and 4.0 defensive)
- Assists (AST): 1.3
- Steals (STL): 0.6
- Blocks (BLK): 0.2
- Fouls (PF): 1.7
- Turnovers (TO): 1.0
- Points (PTS): 12.5
- Field Goals (FG): 1075-2227 (48.3% accuracy)
- 3-Point Shots (3PT): 188-531 (35.4% accuracy)
- Free Throws (FT): 391-508 (77.0% accuracy)
- Rebounds (REB): 1082 (212 offensive and 870 defensive)
- Assists (AST): 283
- Steals (STL): 132
- Blocks (BLK): 53
- Fouls (PF): 362
- Turnovers (TO): 215
- Points (PTS): 2729
- Double Doubles (DD2): 8
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 0
- Disqualifications (DQ): 1
- Ejections (EJECT): 0
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 2
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 1
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 1.3
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.6
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.225
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.52
Rui Hachimura has established himself as a reliable player in his NBA career. His stats demonstrate solid scoring and rebounding abilities, particularly notable for his field goal percentage. He has been effective in his role, contributing consistently across various aspects of the game, including scoring, rebounding, and defensive plays. His progress in the league reflects his adaptability and potential for continued growth.
Rui Hachimura 2023-24 Profile
Rui Hachimura — the 6 foot 8, 230 pound power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers — has made a career out of flying under the radar. In fact, many people across the league consider him to be one of the most underrated players in the entire NBA. Hachimura’s well-rounded skillset that prioritizes lockdown defense, a steady paint presence, and can even stretch the floor and drain an occasional three pointer has made him an invaluable asset for every NBA team he has ever played for. What’s more, Hachimura’s calm, confident demeanor (likely a byproduct of his unique upbringing) makes him appear to be the perfect teammate. And those always come at a premium — especially in Los Angeles, where larger than life personalities run rampant.
In this article, we’ll discuss Rui Hachimura’s general information, his background before the NBA, how his NBA career has gone so far, and what we can expect to see from Rui in the 2023-24 regular season.
Rui Hachimura General Information
Rui Hachimura was born on February 8, 1998, in Toyama, Japan. His parents are Makiko Hachimura and Zakari Jabil. Makiko, Rui’s mother, is from Japan. And Zakari, his father, is from Benin, a small country in West Africa.
Rui Hachimura is currently dating Briana Delgado, an Instagram model and fitness icon. The couple have been dating since 2021.
On July 6, 2023, Rui Hachimura signed a 3 year, $51,000,000 contract with the Los Angeles Lakers — making for an average annual salary of $17 million. Hachimura has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
Rui Hachimura wears jersey number 28, and is a size 17 (US) shoe.
Rui Hachimura Background
Rui Hachimura attended Meisei high school in Sendai, Japan. In 2013 and 2014, Hachimura led his high school basketball team to 2 consecutive All-Japan Championships. And in 2015, Hachimura was invited to the Jordan Brand Classic, where he scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the International Game.
Hachimura was considered one of the best international recruits in his class. And on November 21, 2015, he committed to play college basketball at the University of Gonzaga.
Despite some worries about whether Hachimura spoke good enough English to enroll in an American University, Hachimura passed all of his school tests in time to attend Gonzaga in 2016. When Hachimura debuted at Gonzaga on November 11, 2016, he became the fifth Japanese-born player to ever play NCAA Division 1 basketball. Through 28 games as a freshman, Hachimura averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 53% from the field in 4.6 minutes per game.
In the 2017–18 campaign, Hachimura appeared in 37 games for Gonzaga, including 2 starts, and averaged 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
Hachimura took off in the 2018-19 season. He was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team, became MVP of the esteemed Maui Invitational tournament (where his Gonzaga team beat #1 ranked Duke in the tournament final), and went on to average 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game across the season. Hachimura was selected as the 2019 WCC Player of the Year as a result.
After his junior season, Hachimura announced that he intended to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. And on June 20, 2019, Hachimura was selected with the ninth overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards (becoming the first ever Japanese player ever taken in the first round of an NBA Draft.)
Rui Hachimura’s NBA Career So Far
Rui Hachimura made his NBA debut on October 23, 2019, and posted a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) as a starter. Just over 1 month later, on December 1, 2019, Hachimura scored a career-high 30 points along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
In 48 games of his rookie season, Hachimura averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals in 30.1 minutes per game — all of which was good enough to earn him NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors.
Hachimura showed a marked improvement during his second NBA season, in 2020-21. He increased his scoring average to 13.9 points per game, played 31.5 minutes per game, and also improved his ability on the defensive of the floor, as well (the last of which was important, because in February 2020, Bleacher Report named Hachimura the worst defensive power forward in the NBA.)
Hachimura made his NBA playoff debut on May 23, 2021, recording 12 points and 5 rebounds in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards went on to lose the series in 5 games.
Hachimura had a rather confusing 2021-22 season. After missing the Wizards training camp and nearly the entire first half of the regular season due to “personal concerns”, Hachimura made his season debut on January 9, 2022, recording six points and three rebounds. During the 2021–22 NBA season, Hachimura played 42 games while averaging 11.3 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game — all of which was a dip from the season before. Hachimura did, however, improve his three point shooting percentage drastically, shooting 44.7% from three that season.
Hachimura looked back to his former self at the start of the 2022-23 season, averaging 13 points per game in 30 games played with the Wizards. Then, on January 23, 2023, Hachimura was traded from the Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hachimura was a crucial part of the Lakers success in the second half of the regular season and playoffs. He scored 29 points in his Lakers postseason debut to lead them to a first-round Game 1 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, and frequently had to guard the Denver Nuggets’ offensive juggernaut Nikola Jokic during the Western Conference Finals, in order for Anthony Davis to focus on scoring for the Lakers.
Hachimura has also played for the Japanese National Team, and helped them qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Olympics. Hachimura scored a game-high 34 points in a loss to Slovenia in the 2020 Olympics.
Rui Hachimura 2023-24 Season Forecast
The fact that Rui Hachimura guarded two-time MVP Nikola Jokic during the 2023 Western Conference Finals is a testament to how much Hachimura has improved defensively since 2020, when Bleacher Report named him the NBA’s worst defensive power forward. And what has the Lakers so excited is that Hachimura is still only 25 years old, and certainly has more time to develop and expand his game — especially on the offensive end. And in the 8 games Hachimura has played in the 2023-24 season so far, his shooting percentage is an impressive 55% (he has never reached 50% in a season before.) Regardless of whether he keeps that excellent percentage up, Rui Hachimura has made himself a mainstay on this year’s Lakers roster, and the team will continue to expect big things from him as the 2023-24 season progresses.
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