Every time Rui Hachimura touches a basketball, he puts on a show. His latest impressive feat was a 35-point performance with the Japanese national team.
The Wizards' 2019 first-round draft pick hung up his outing on 13-for-17 shooting in Japan's 99-89 victory over New Zealand in an international friendly. Dominating the opposition, none of New Zealand's defenders were able to slow Hachimura down no matter who was covering him.
This international friendly served as a tune-up for Team Japan as they prep for the FIBA World Cup later this month. With Hachimura in their lineup and putting together 30-plus points a game, they are capable of doing damage.
The Japanese will be in the same group as Team USA when the tournament tips-off on August 31.
Fresh off a strong summer league showing, Hachimura continues to prove his value for the Wizards. With the current roster construction, it would not be surprising to see the 6-8 forward take on a huge role this season, up to and including being a starter.
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Rui Hachimura drops 35 points for Team Japan in international friendly originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington