#25 Power Forward

P.J. Washington

Height / Weight
6' 7" / 230 lbs
Born
Aug 23, 1998 (24)
College
Kentucky
NBA Draft
1st Round, 12th Overall, 2019
Nationality
American
SEASON STATS
2022-2023
PTS
14.8
+4.5
Rebounds
4.5
-0.7
Assists
2.4
+0.2
PER
15.34
-1.01
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: Paul Jamaine Washington Jr.
Nickname: PJ
Education: Kentucky
Parents: Sherry and Paul Washington Sr.

P.J. Washington Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Paul Jamain Washington Jr., or as the Kentucky Wildcats faithful like to call him, P.J., was born on August 23, 1998.  Washington is currently a professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. The Kentucky-born rising star was destined to be a basketball player, as not only was he born in the Bluegrass state, but his parents were ballplayers as well. Both of P.J.’s parents, Sherry and Paul Washington Sr., played Division I basketball at Middle Tennessee State. P.J. is accompanied in his athletic household by his two brothers Tyler and Spencer, as well as one sister Alexandria. They grew up in Dallas, Texas.

P.J. Washington played for two high schools, Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, and Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Texas. After traveling the country for high school, P.J. ended up back where it all began: Kentucky. He was born in Louisville, but the McDonald’s All-American decided to forego the Cardinals and don the blue and white for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He played two seasons for the Wildcats before entering the 2019 NBA Draft. Washington was selected 12th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2019 NBA Draft.

PJ Washington Basketball Career

High School Career (Findlay Prep/Prime Prep Academy)

P.J. Washington went on to play for two different high schools. First, he attended Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Texas near his hometown. With a quick change of heart, P.J. traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to play for Findlay Prep. As a senior at Findlay Prep, Washington averaged 19.6 points, 6.1 assists, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. This was enough to earn P.J. an invite to the McDonald’s All-American Game and rank him as the No. 12 overall recruit in the class.

College Career (Kentucky Wildcats)

The 5-star recruit had some big-name schools on his radar. Washington's decision ultimately came between Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Texas, UCLA, and UNLV. On November 10, 2016, Washington committed to the Kentucky Wildcats and signed his National Letter of Intent on November 20. P.J. had a solid first season with the Wildcats, averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. Washington showed massive improvement towards the end of the season, leaving Big Blue Nation hopeful that he would return. In what could have been his last game for the Cats, Washington tallied 18 points and 15 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas State. 

After teetering on leaving Kentucky for the NBA, P.J. decided to come back for one more year. In his sophomore year, Washington showed more improvement. He averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He was also the clear leader of the team, always having the ball in his hands when the game was on the line. After a devastating loss to the Auburn Tigers in the Elite 8 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, P.J. Washington declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

NBA Career

P.J. Washington was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets 12th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft on July 3, 2019. The blooming star officially inked his name with the Hornets on July 3, 2019. His NBA debut instantly got his name in bright lights, as he boasted an impressive day versus the Chicago Bulls. On October 23, 2019, P.J. poured in 27 points and added 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block in a win over the Bulls. Not to mention, he set an NBA debut record with 7 made three-pointers. Following an impressive NBA debut, P.J. has continued to show promise. He added another huge night on November 29, 2019, when he tallied 26 points and 5 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons. In his rookie campaign thus far, P.J. Washington is averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks. 

P.J. Washington Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

P.J. Washington is currently on a 2-year, $7,855,440 rookie deal with the Charlotte Hornets. This salary is fully guaranteed and equates to an average yearly salary of $3,831,840. His current net worth is unknown, but he will pull in $3,831,840 in his rookie year. P.J. did ink a multi-year shoe deal with Nike, but the monetary details of this deal are unknown. 

P.J. Washington signed a 2-year, $7.8 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets in 2019.

P.J. Washington Personal Life

P.J. Washington was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but grew up in Dallas, Texas. P.J. was the product of two athletic parents. Sherry and Paul Washington Sr. played Division I basketball at Middle Tennessee State. P.J. also has two brothers, Tyler and Spencer, as well as one sister Alexandria. P.J. wears the number 25 to honor his father’s playing days where he wore the number 25.

He currently is not married and does not have any children.

P.J. Washington Fun Facts

  • Both of his parents played Division I basketball for Middle Tennessee State.
  • P.J. Washington loves to trash talk.
  • He wears the number 25 because his father wore the number 25 in his playing days.
  • He has a 7-2.5 wingspan, but only stands 6-5 when barefoot.
Career stats
2022-2023
CHA
2021-2022
CHA
2020-2021
CHA
2019-2020
CHA
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2022-2023
53 32.7 43.1 34.0 77.8 4.5 2.4 1.0 0.9 14.8
2021-2022
65 27.1 47.0 36.5 71.6 5.2 2.3 0.9 0.9 10.3
2020-2021
64 30.5 44.0 38.6 74.5 6.5 2.5 1.2 1.1 12.9
2019-2020
58 30.3 45.5 37.4 64.7 5.4 2.1 0.8 0.9 12.2
Recent Games
Fri 2/3
Thu 2/2
Tue 1/31
Sun 1/29
Thu 1/26
Tue 1/24
Mon 1/23
Sat 1/21
Wed 1/18
Mon 1/16
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Fri 2/3
L 112-118
37 7 1 1 2 3 0 0 0
Thu 2/2
L 98-114
38 6 0 4 4 2 0 0 1
Tue 1/31
L 115-124
37 14 1 6 7 3 1 1 1
Sun 1/29
W 117-122
35 27 3 3 6 5 1 0 1
Thu 1/26
W 96-111
30 9 0 2 2 4 1 1 1
Tue 1/24
L 97-128
32 9 0 2 2 2 4 1 1
Mon 1/23
L 102-120
26 3 0 3 3 1 1 0 3
Sat 1/21
W 122-118
37 23 0 6 6 5 1 0 0
Wed 1/18
W 122-117
37 16 2 6 8 2 3 3 0
Mon 1/16
L 130-118
36 17 1 3 4 3 1 2 1