P.J. Washington
P.J. Washington
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.

Hits six triples off bench
FCharlotte Hornets
April 20, 2021
Washington tallied 26 points (10-18 FG, 6-10 3Pt), three rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.
ANALYSIS
The 22-year-old has been on a roll since returning from a three-game absence due to a sprained right ankle, averaging 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 three-pointers, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals over his last two games. Washington's scoring had been a roller coaster in his previous eight games before he went down with an injury, as he posted zero, five, eight, 13, three, 12, 18 and eight points. The second-year forward will look to build on Tuesday's impressive performance on Thursday on the road against the Bulls.
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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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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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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.
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Stuffs stat sheet off bench
FCharlotte Hornets
April 18, 2021
Washington (ankle) recorded 23 points (8-17 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, four blocks and a steal across 34 minutes off the bench in Sunday's win over Portland.
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Not starting against Portland
FCharlotte Hornets
April 18, 2021
Washington isn't starting Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers.
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Available Sunday
FCharlotte Hornets
April 18, 2021
Washington (ankle) is available for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Questionable Sunday
FCharlotte Hornets
Ankle
April 17, 2021
Washington (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers.
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Out Friday
FCharlotte Hornets
Ankle
April 16, 2021
Washington (ankle) won't play Friday against the Nets.
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