P.J. Washington

P.J. Washington

25-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After finally coming to terms on a new three-year deal with the Hornets following a stalemate in negotiations, Washington has a home for the 2023-24 season. He finished as a top 100 player during the 2022-23 season, averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.0 three-pointers in 32.6 minutes per night. Although he has basically been a top-100 asset for the past three years, his role figures to take a bit of a hit this season. Miles Bridges will return to the lineup, while Mark Williams will play as the starting center. With Brandon Miller and Gordon Hayward also figuring to see ample playing time, Washington's opportunities could be scaled back a little. He should still see upwards of 25 minutes on most nights, which could make him valuable in standard leagues, though mostly as a streamer. The bigger impact could come when analyzing Miller's short-term upside. It is not clear exactly what the starting lineup will look like once Bridges returns from his 10-game suspension. Until we are given some clarity, managers can view Washington as a potential last-round flier. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $46.5 million contract with the Hornets in August of 2023. Traded to the Mavericks in February of 2024.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Comes close to double-double
FDallas Mavericks
June 13, 2024
Washington finished with 13 points (3-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds and two assists across 39 minutes during Wednesday's 106-99 loss to the Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
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Washington finished just two rebounds shy of recording what would've been his first double-double since May 15, when he recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Game 5 win over the Thunder. He's been surprisingly consistent in the Finals despite Dallas' three straight losses, scoring in double figures and grabbing at least seven boards in each outing. He'll aim to keep this streak going in Game 4 on Friday.
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How does P.J. Washington compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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50.8%
 
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56.0%
 
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16.9%
 
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3.8%
 
Defensive Rebound %
17.2%
 
Total Rebound %
10.5%
 
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6.2%
 
Steal %
1.6%
 
Block %
2.5%
 
Turnover %
7.5%
 
Usage %
21.2%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
26.6
 
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0.8
 
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Deadly from three-point range
FDallas Mavericks
May 23, 2024
Washington has been deadly from three-point range in the playoffs, and his efficiency has risen almost nine points compared to the regular season, Mo Dakhil of Bleacher Report observes.
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Washington shot 31.4 percent from three-point range during the regular season, but he's raised that mark to 39.3 percent in the playoffs. His rise to become a reliable three-point threat and Dallas' third-best player on offense behind Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic has played a huge role in Dallas' rise all the way to the Western Conference Finals.
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After opening his NBA career with consecutive solid campaigns, Washington took a small step back last season, posting his lowest per-game averages of 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. His other numbers -- 2.3 assists, 1.7 three-pointers, 0.9 blocks and 0.9 steals -- remained steady, but it certainly wasn't the breakout campaign one might hope for from a young player in his third season. Context matters, of course, and it is vital in Washington's case, as he spent much of the season adjusting to a new role as a reserve after starting in all but four of his first 122 NBA contests. The Kentucky product moved to the bench for the start of the campaign to make room for Miles Bridges, though Washington returned to a starting role for each of Charlotte's contests from Feb. 15 onward. With Bridges' NBA future in serious doubt following an offseason arrest on multiple felony charges of domestic violence, Washington appears poised to open next season back in the starting unit, which should allow him to build upon what has been an impactful-but-unspectacular opening to his professional career. Washington isn't going to carry fantasy squads in any one category, but he does multiple things well enough to make him a worthwhile target in the back half of upcoming drafts.
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.
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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Gets offense going inside arc
FDallas Mavericks
June 10, 2024
Washington notched 17 points (6-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block across 40 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 loss to Boston in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
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Sniffs double-double in Game 1 loss
FDallas Mavericks
June 6, 2024
Washington closed Thursday's 107-89 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals with 14 points (5-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds and one assist over 36 minutes.
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Comes close to double-double
FDallas Mavericks
May 27, 2024
Washington chipped in 16 points (5-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds and two assists across 40 minutes during Sunday's 116-107 win over the Timberwolves in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Keeps scoring run alive
FDallas Mavericks
May 14, 2024
Washington accumulated 21 points (7-19 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds and one block over 41 minutes during Monday's 100-96 loss to the Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
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Scores team-high 27 points
FDallas Mavericks
May 11, 2024
Washington contributed 27 points (11-23 FG, 5-12 3Pt), six rebounds and two assists in 40 minutes during Saturday's 105-101 win over the Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
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