P.J. Washington
P.J. Washington
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Washington made marginal improvements from his rookie to sophomore season. It wasn't a significant jump, though it was enough for him to go from 141st in per-game production as a rookie to 79th last year. The 6-foot-7 power forward and small-ball center saw 30.5 minutes per game and averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 combined blocks-plus-steals. He ranked an impressive 14th in the NBA in block percentage (4.0). He's quietly establishing himself as a quality three-and-D option in the frontcourt. He'll also often be at the receiving end of easy makes around the basket by virtue of having LaMelo Ball as his point guard, which should keep Washington's field-goal percentage relatively high compared to the percentage of his shots that come from beyond the arc (39%). He shot 44.0 percent from the field last year. Washington's role shouldn't change much in 2021-22. The addition of Kelly Oubre could make the rotation at forward a little more complicated, but Washington should essentially be locked into 24 minutes per game at center, splitting time with Mason Plumlee. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.86 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2019. Hornets exercised $4.22 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
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.

In protocols at USA Camp
FCharlotte Hornets
Covid-19
July 8, 2021
Washington entered COVID-19 protocols at Team USA camp after Thursday's practice, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.
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Washington, along with Miles Bridges and Immanuel Quickley, entered protocol Thursday. The exact reason that they're in protocol is unknown, whether it be due to a positive test or contact tracing.
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2020

In Washington's second season with the Hornets, the forward enjoyed an important role in the starting lineup and saw 30.5 minutes per game on the season while appearing in 64 games. The 22-year-old had an exceptional season, as he averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals, which were all career highs. The former Kentucky star managed 10 double-doubles on the year to go along with 41 double-digit scoring performances. Washington had an impressive impact defensively for the Hornets, as he recorded four steals and three blocks on May 11 against the Nuggets. On Jan. 9, the forward logged a career-high six blocks in a win against the Hawks. Offensively, Washington had a large impact on the Hornets' scoring, as he recorded a career-high 42 points against the Kings on Feb. 28. The 6-foot-7 Hornet also matched a career-high six assists against the Mavericks on Jan. 13. Washington became a force on the glass, averaging 1.5 offensive rebounds per game, and he grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against the Spurs on March 22. The forward's free-throw percentage took a big leap from his rookie season, as he made 74.5 percent from the charity stripe. In his play-in debut, Washington almost achieved a double-double, as he managed eight points and seven rebounds to go along with two blocks against the Pacers on May 18.

2019

Following two collegiate seasons at Kentucky, Washington was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Charlotte 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, a career-high seven three pointers, one steal and one block. The 27 points remained his career-high through his rookie season. Two nights later, Washington registered his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 boards during a home loss to Minnesota. Washington had four double-doubles on the season. On Jan. 8, the 6-foot-7 forward grabbed career-high 12 rebounds during a close home loss to the Raptors. Washington's other single-game career highs were established at 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 per contest. Washington shot 45.5 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from behind the arc with 1.5 made three-pointers per game. He 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. In September, the Kentucky product was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
The 12th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft was a pleasant surprise for fantasy managers and one of the most impactful rookies in his class. Washington burst onto the scene in his first game as a pro, racking up 27 points in a 126-125 win over Chicago that proved to be his highest-scoring game of the season. Bringing some production to a depleted frontcourt, Washington averaged 30.3 minutes across 58 contests and started in all but one game in which he appeared. The Kentucky product averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 threes, showing his ability to contribute across multiple categories. He shot a respectable 45.5 percent from the field and 37.4 from deep, though he sunk just 64.7 percent of his shots from the charity stripe, which dinged his value in category leagues. The productive season earned Washington an All-Rookie Second Team selection, and he'll look to take the next step forward in 2020-21, where he should be a late-round selection in most fantasy drafts.
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.
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Collects four steals in loss
FCharlotte Hornets
May 13, 2021
Washington totaled seven points (3-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt), five rebounds, four steals and one assist in a 113-90 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.
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Double-doubles with three blocks
FCharlotte Hornets
May 11, 2021
Washington tallied 13 points (4-16 FG, 0-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, five steals, four assists and three blocks in 40 minutes during Tuesday's 117-112 loss to the Nuggets.
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Double-double in close loss
FCharlotte Hornets
May 9, 2021
Washington had 14 points (6-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 12 rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans.
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Drops 23 in Friday's win
FCharlotte Hornets
May 8, 2021
Washington scored 23 points (8-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes during Friday's win over the Magic.
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Scores team-high 24 in return
FCharlotte Hornets
May 6, 2021
Washington collected 24 points (9-14 FG, 6-8 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 120-99 loss to the Bulls on Thursday.
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