The Wizards will play the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night which is the team’s French Heritage Night and you can buy specific tickets for the event here from the French American Chamber of Commerce. So we will celebrate this week with content focusing on Ian Mahinmi, the Wizards’ Frenchman as well as some other things about France.
Merci et allez!
Since he came to the Wizards in 2016, Ian Mahinmi hasn’t had the easiest time winning the hearts of fans in the Washington area. One of the main sticking points is his contract where he is in the third year of a four-year $64 million contract, yet he has been a reserve for most of his career. That said, he made the right decision for his personal and family’s future by signing that contract.
Over the court of his three years in Washington, Mahinmi also had his fair share of highlights. Here are four of those highlights during his time in D.C.
1. Mahinmi scores 15 points, makes 7 steals in 2017 win over the Suns
On Mar. 7, 2017, the Wizards were in the first game of a five-game west coast road trip. Mahinmi came off the bench to score 15 points, grab 9 rebounds and steal the all 7 times in a 131-127 win over the Phoenix Suns. The win also was the second straight in a five game winning streak overall.
2. Mahinmi benefited from #EverybodyEats in February 2018
Mahinmi scored 10 points or more in three of the Wizards’ first four games in February 2018. He also tied a season-high 17 points on Feb. 14, 2018 in a win against the New York Knicks. The Wizards came back from a 27-point deficit to win, but I found it unfortunate that this highlight video didn’t display Mahinmi’s contribution so NBA’s stats site is another way to show Mahinmi’s 6-of-8 shooting performance in the win.
3. Mahinmi is a great power dunker and shot blocker
Mahinmi has always been known as a solid low post defender over the years. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he can block shots at the rim and make rim shaking dunks when he feels like it. Here are his highlights showing him as la force on defense and offense throughout the 2017-18 season. My reaction? C’est magnifique!
4. He’s still working on his game
All players are looking to improve or add elements to their game. Mahinmi has never been known as a three-point marksman like Stephen Curry, but that’s not going to stop him from making him more versatile anyway. On Nov. 14, he made his first three in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.