2022-23 Season Summary
Acquired by the Lakers in January, Rui Hachimura quickly became a fan favorite in the Purple and Gold. The fourth-year pro gave the Lakers a blend of size, strength and skill that paid dividends on both ends, particularly in the playoffs. All of Hachimura’s key scoring metrics — points, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, and free throw percentage — rose significantly in the playoffs, as he was instrumental to the Lakers’ series victory over the Grizzlies.
By the Numbers
50.0: Percentage shot from mid-range in the regular season, which ranked fifth in the entire NBA.
48.7: Playoff 3-point percentage — which was best on the team and 19.1% higher than what he shot in the regular season.
29: Points scored in a Game 1 win over Memphis, which tied Mychal Thompson’s franchise record for most off the bench in a playoff game.
Hachimura showed immense value in his four months with the Lakers. At 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, he provided a sizable presence defensively. And on offense, he was a constant threat with his jumper, never hesitating to pull the trigger if he had some daylight, while also being a frequent lane-runner in transition. He will be a restricted free agent this offseason.