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    Rui Hachimura

    School: Gonzaga
    Position: SF/PF
    Age: 21
    Height: 6-foot-8
    Weight: 230
    Wingspan: 7-foot-2
    Draft Range: 5 to 20

    Why: The Japan native passes the eye-test as being an NBA athlete: coordinated in the open floor, muscular frame, quick off the ground and long arms. Efficient scorer who can shoot from a variety of spots on the court, including beyond the arc (shot 41.7% on threes). Also scores on strong drives to the basket and in the low block. Has the tools and quickness to eventually become a multi-purpose defender. Oh, and his favorite team is the Spurs.

    Why Not: Started playing basketball at 14 so, not surprisingly, his instincts are a work in progress. His basketball IQ is improving but it still projects to be a hindrance early in his NBA career. Won't be skilled enough on Day 1 to play out on the perimeter. Not a natural passer or dribbler. Range on jumper is questionable, as he averaged only one three-point attempt per game. Has the size to be a small-ish PF but not much of a rebounder and doesn't always play with the requisite physicality.

    Spurs Fit: He'd be in Austin for much of his rookie season. Would likely first earn minutes as a small ball PF with hopes that he'd eventually become a full-time SF.

    Spurs Comparison - Ceiling: More Powerful Sean Elliott

    Spurs Comparison - Floor: More Clueless Drew Gooden

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    He’s a Spurs fan? Sign me up.

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    This guy I like. Does Spurs have a chance to pick him at 19th or should they trade for him if he’s around 14?

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    Like i said i’m not a fan for our team. He has a mid range Game offensively not a lot other things , not that good on defense, average rebouding.

    He has tools to become a good player but he is not a need imo.

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    Gonzaga player I’d love to see Spurs go after is Brandon Clarke but highly unlikely he’ll be there when the Spurs pick.

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    Gonzaga player I’d love to see Spurs go after is Brandon Clarke but highly unlikely he’ll be there when the Spurs pick.
    Imo he has a better chance To be there than Rui. There is a possibility.

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    Great wingspan in a wingspan obsessed league. He’s got the tools, just needs to keep working on the mental game. But, that’s what the G-League is for, get him Pop/RC!
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    6'8" forward combo? That's the type of player we need.
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    Great wingspan in a wingspan obsessed league. He’s got the tools, just needs to keep working on the mental game. But, that’s what the G-League is for, get him Pop/RC!
    Wingspan schwingspan -

    Kawhi had an awesome wingspan - and he quit and he took that wingspan to canada -

    give me a player with heart and integrity.

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    Wingspan schwingspan -

    Kawhi had an awesome wingspan - and he quit and he took that wingspan to canada -

    give me a player with heart and integrity.
    Patty Mills ? Lmao

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    unfortunately it will be chosen before the 19th pick

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    unfortunately it will be chosen before the 19th pick
    Though perhaps technically unconfirmed, I would assume he’s a male...

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    Wingspan schwingspan -

    Kawhi had an awesome wingspan - and he quit and he took that wingspan to canada -

    give me a player with heart and integrity.
    Rui is a Spurs fan. Is that enough integrity for you?
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    Rui is a Spurs fan. Is that enough integrity for you?
    sure

    if he has heart and is not a quitter

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    Interesting player for sure. I think the 3pt% is a little misleading, based on less than 1 APG. But his 2pt% is incredible: 269/429 for 60.6%. He's not in love with the three ball, though he probably should be at least a little more. Ironically, that might make him more appealing to the Spurs.


    He has a Beninese father and a Japanese mother: it's cool to think of how many new international fans will be rooting for him.

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    If he's available RC will draft him like he did Kyle Anderson, just cause he's a fan and the "quintessential Spur"
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    He's not going to last til 19. Teams like Miami, Detroit, Nets, and Pacers will grab him quick. The best trade partner is Charlotte because they have a ton of money locked up in the Forward position already. They can cut TP because his option is a team option opening more playing time for Graham at back up PG, plus Kemba and Lamb are UFA. If Rui is your guy, then you offer a combination of picks and ONE of DJ, LW4, or DW. Charlotte needs guards and this is guard heavy draft.

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    I like him anywhere after 10 or so. I'm really hoping Clarke falls

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    I like him anywhere after 10 or so. I'm really hoping Clarke falls
    Same here. Clarke is suddenly showing at #s 8, 9, 10 in a bunch of mocks, so it'll be interesting to see where he really goes. His story is pretty similar to D White's, except he's more well known.

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    Same here. Clarke is suddenly showing at #s 8, 9, 10 in a bunch of mocks, so it'll be interesting to see where he really goes. His story is pretty similar to D White's, except he's more well known.
    I could see him around 15 or so. He's old enough to scare off a lot of teams, but I think a lot of folks don't realize just how good Brandon was last year. Dude was literally the only player in Zion's stratosphere. There's playing well against college competition and then there's dominating the college game in a way we rarely see. Clarke did the latter. I can see how he'd fail, but he doesn't have to be nearly as good in the pros to be worth a top-20 pick.

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    His only U.S. home has been in Washington state. He’s probably a Spurs fan because he’s heard the Spurs are best chance for Seattle to land a team. Smh
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    KANPAI!

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    I like him. He has good size and imo the fact that he has only begun playing ball fairly recently might actually be a good thing. He hasn't had as much time to develop bad habits and didn't grow up playing in the lame AAU system so he might be the right kind of player the coaching staff can mold

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    The one thing I noticed that needs to be corrected -- he has a hitch at the top of his release point which caused a couple of his late game shots get blocked.
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    I like him a lot I watched a lot of him this season. Unfortunately he will be off the board before the 19th pick.

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