PJ Washington
PJ Washington
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Washington was selected No. 12 overall by the rebuilding Charlotte Hornets in this year's draft. The Kentucky product averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 combined blocks/steals as a sophomore last season, where he made an impact on both ends of the court, especially in the paint. Washington found his way to the lottery thanks to his versatility as a defender and scorer, being selected just ahead of teammate Tyler Herro. With longtime superstar Kemba Walker and scoring option Jeremy Lamb both gone this offseason, Charlotte is in the conversation for the worst roster in the NBA, and a full rebuild should mean extra playing time for rookies such as Washington. It's unclear what his role will be this season, but he has sleeper value playing on a team with minutes and opportunities up for grabs to whoever will take them. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.86 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Paul Jamaine Washington Jr. was born in 1998 in Dallas to Paul Sr. and Sherry Washington. Both parents played college ball at Middle Tennessee State. Washington attended the local Prime Prep Academy as a freshman and posted 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He transferred to Findlay Prep in Nevada as a sophomore and averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. Those numbers jumped in his junior year to 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Washington saved the best for his senior season by recording 19.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game on a team that reached the national semifinals. Thanks to his outstanding achievements, he was honored as a McDonald's All-American, a Jordan Brand Classic All-Star and a USA Today First-Team All-USA Nevada Player of the Year. Washington has also represented the USA at such events as the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U-18 World Championship, the 2016 FIBA Americas U-18 Championship and the 2017 FIBA U-19 World Cup. You can follow him on Twitter (@PJWashington) and Instagram (@pj_washington).

College/International Summary

It can be difficult for first-year players to stand out at Kentucky. Coach John Calipari is not shy about attracting big groups of top recruits. Washington was part of a class which included Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He had a solid freshman season with averages of 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. He closed the regular season by scoring in double digits in six straight games, including a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Arkansas. Washington was even better in the NCAA Tournament with 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds as the Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16. The forward had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the loss to Kansas State. Following the season, he had surgery on his pinkie finger. Washington was the Wildcats' best player as a sophomore. He averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. He had nine double-doubles and scored a career-high 29 points with 12 rebounds in a December loss to Seton Hall. Washington concluded his Kentucky career by putting up 28 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Auburn in the 2019 Big Dance. After dipping his toe into the NBA water before returning for his sophomore season, the forward made himself eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft. The Hornets selected him with the 12th overall pick.

Scores 17 points in win
FCharlotte Hornets
March 12, 2020
Washington went for 17 points (7-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 109-98 win at Miami.
Washington bounced back nicely from a two-point effort against the Hawks, and he has scored in double digits in seven of his last eight games now. The rookie out of Kentucky has been playing at a high level ever since the league resumed after the All-Star break -- he is averaging 14.6 points per game in his last 11 contests.
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Following two collegiate seasons at Kentucky, Washington was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Hornets in the 2019 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut Oct. 23 against the Bulls. In that game, he played 38 minutes and posted 27 points (9-17 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. The 27 points remained his career high through his rookie season. Washington's other single-game career highs were set at 12 rebounds, seven threes, six assists, four steals and four blocks. Overall, he averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in 30.3 minutes. He shot 45.5 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from three (1.5 makes) and 64.7 percent from the free-throw line. He had four double-doubles. Washington had seven games with 20-plus points, 38 games with at least five rebounds and 27 games with at least three assists. He had 13 games with multiple steals and 10 games with multiple blocks.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 3, 2019
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets
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Scores 20 against Nuggets
FCharlotte Hornets
March 5, 2020
Washington accumulated 20 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes during Thursday's 114-112 loss to the Nuggets.
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Scores 19, sinks five treys
FCharlotte Hornets
March 3, 2020
Washington pitched in 19 points (6-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 104-103 loss to the Spurs.
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Scores 17 to go with full line
FCharlotte Hornets
February 20, 2020
Washington went for 17 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 103-93 win over the Bulls.
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Starting Saturday
FCharlotte Hornets
February 8, 2020
Washington will return to the starting five Saturday against the Mavericks, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
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Logs 24 minutes versus Rockets
FCharlotte Hornets
February 4, 2020
Washington (ankle) had eight points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), six rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 125-110 loss to the Rockets.
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