October 5, 2020, 1:35 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets experimented with small-ball lineups by playing PJ Washington at center alongside Miles Bridges at power forward during their mini-camp.
Washington reportedly surprised the team with the quality of his play during the Hornets’ two-week camp. Giving him minutes at center seems to be a way for James Borrego to get him more playtime without sacrificing Miles Bridges’ role, who is expected to start at the four. The team really has no stand out big, so it wouldn’t be a tough call to run small-ball lineups more often. A few more minutes per game as the team’s primary big could give Washington a bump in rebounding numbers and a more consistent role. He started his rookie year strong but ended ranked outside the top-120 with per game averages of 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks, shooting 45 percent from the field and a rough 65 percent from the line.
September 21, 2020, 3:00 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham and the rest of the Hornets' young core will all attend the team's upcoming quarantined training camp.
The Hornets fully embraced a rebuild this season so they'll be excited to get their promising young players back in the gym. Notably Dwayne Bacon and Willy Hernangomez will both be participating despite entering free agency this offseason. Neither player had a consistent role this year, though Hernangomez produced some intriguing rebounding numbers in his limited minutes. It's unlikely the team is sold on bringing back either of them, especially so with Bacon as the Hornets are developing a logjam at the guard position. Notably absent from the team's camp is their highest-paid player, Nicolas Batum. He was injured or out of the rotation for most of the season as the team fully leaned into their young players. Batum has a massive player option next season that he'll almost certainly accept, but there's little chance his playing time will improve.
Source: Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter
September 15, 2020, 6:22 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White was selected to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie Second Team on Tuesday, joining Tyler Herro, Terence Davis, P.J. Washington and Rui Hachimura.
After a strong finish to the season, White certainly deserved his selection, joining a host of other impressive rookies on the All-Rookie Second Team. Herro was unlucky not to be named to the First Team, falling short by only one vote. There were a number of rookies who just missed out on selection including R.J. Barrett, Matisse Thybulle, Darius Garland, De'Andre Hunter and Michael Porter Jr.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 7, 2020, 10:19 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington was one of bigger pleasant surprises from the rookie class of 2019, making a name for himself with the Hornets as a key player and finishing the season ranked 142/159 in 8/9-cat per-game value and 126/136 in 8/9-cat on total value.
As a rookie, Washington proved doubters that he was far more NBA-ready than initially projected. A strong Summer League and promising preseason run, translated reasonably well into viable fantasy value. Washington ended up playing 58 games for the Hornets and notched averages of 12.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.5 3PG, 0.9 SPG and 0.8 BPG in just over 30 minutes per game. Still, Washington's biggest weakness remains his .647 shooting percentage from the free throw line. Overall, he gets solid marks for passing the eye test and flashing some promising impact on the box score on occasion.
March 7, 2020, 7:28 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington was an efficient scorer for the Hornets on Saturday, going 8-for-11 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 at the line for 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and three treys.
Washington has been hovering just outside the top-120 in 9-cat over the last week with 17.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 treys per game. Ride him while he's running hot.
March 5, 2020, 10:26 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington scored 20 points and hit three triples on Thursday night as the Hornets fell 114-112 to the Nuggets.
Washington has picked it up recently after a quiet stretch and has been a decent late-round value this season. That should continue for a team trying to see what it has in the youngsters.
March 3, 2020, 9:57 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
PJ Washington scored 19 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three assists in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs, playing 34 minutes.
On a per-game basis, Washington has been a top-150 player this season and deserves to be owned in most places. He is a very consistent scorer and rebounder. His two-week averages are a bit better than his season averages as well, as he's sitting at 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in those seven games.
February 28, 2020, 11:06 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington was productive in 31 minutes on Friday, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Washington didn't shoot the ball great (6-for-15 FG) but made an impact on the fantasy side of things. He's been slowed by injury of late but is a prime candidate to be let loose at the end of the year when the Hornets decide its time to see what their young guys can do with bigger minutes. If he's available in your league Washington is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
February 22, 2020, 9:33 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington had a good showing in Saturday's loss to the Nets, scoring a team-high 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, four dimes, four 3s and a steal in 37 minutes.
Washington has virtually erased all memory of his recent slump thanks to back to back games of double-digit scoring. Washington's brief buy-low window is now shut with a loud thud after tonight.
February 20, 2020, 11:34 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington produced across the board on Thursday, scoring 17 points to go with five boards, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot as the Hornets downed the Bulls 103-93.
Washington was productive here but we do have to be aware that he isn't locked into anything at this point. Cody Martin has been solid enough to get some starts and soak up some minutes, so really he just mutes some of Washington's value. Martin had four points and six boards in 25 minutes.
February 8, 2020, 6:46 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington will starting place of the injured Cody Martin during Saturday's game versus the Mavs.
Washington will be back in the starting lineup and in line for a good chunk of minutes. Martin might still have a grip on the starting role, but Washington is worth streaming for as long as Martin is out.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 4, 2020, 7:26 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington (sprained right ankle) is available but will come off the bench for the first time this season against the Rockets on Tuesday.
The Hornets will look to ease Washington back into the lineup by bringing him off the bench. Cody Martin has played well lately, especially at the defensive end, and has earned the trust of James Borrego. Martin is worth keeping an eye on if the Hornets fully move to a youth movement.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
February 4, 2020, 6:38 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington (sprained right ankle) is considered probable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets after going through warmups.
Washington looks ready to go and would presumably re-enter the starting rotation for this one. Marvin Williams, Dwayne Bacon and Willy Hernangomez will lose minutes if Washington can play.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 4, 2020, 11:58 amPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets announced this morning that P.J. Washington is now questionable to face the Rockets on Tuesday.
The rookie has missed the last couple games but it seems that there is a chance he plays tonight. Dwayne Bacon and Marvin Williams split the minutes on Monday but both of them are very hard to trust these days.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
February 2, 2020, 3:06 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
PJ Washington (sprained right ankle) is doubtful to play on Monday.
Washington sat out Saturday's game, allowing Marvin Williams to start in his place. There's not a ton to like about the replacements from a fantasy perspective, though Williams might be a low-end option for 9-cat if he can push towards 30 minutes.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter