2018 - 2019 Stats

PTS REB AST BLK STL FG% FT% 3P% EFG% PER
15.2 7.5 1.8 1.2 0.8 52.2 66.3 42.3 56.7 26.0
Sales Pitch
Floor spacing big who has added the deep ball to his arsenal and looks to be progressing quickly.
Background
It was to much delight of NBA personnel that Kentucky's PJ Washington decided to return for his Sophomore year...and boy did it pay off. The increase across the board in terms of production for Washington was remarkable. A prototypical stretch four at the next level, Washington displayed a drastically improved deep ball in his second year at Kentucky and finished the year shooting 42.3% from 3. The rest of Washington's game has shown a drastic improvement as well, and he looks to be a solid selection in the mid-first round this year.
Pro Comparison
David West potential with range
Positives

DEFENSIVE ABILITY

  • Does a great job of using his impressive length to be a factor on the defensive side of the ball. Moves well laterally. Undersized but battles.

OFFENSIVE VERSATILITY

  • Showed drastic improvements in one year and has developed versatility to his offensive game. Has shown the ability to become a consistent threat from deep. Should help his offensive game greatly at the next level. Underrated feel for the game in face-up situations. Strong lower body in the post. 

PASSING

  • Vastly underrated passer who showcases good vision in multiple situations. Should only improve with additional spacing at the NBA level. 
Negatives

EXPLOSIVENESS

  • Not the most explosive player which doesn't mix well with his "undersized" tag for his position. Struggles at times finishing at the rim. Will be more of a pick and pop threat in pick and roll situations. 

REBOUNDING ABILITY

  • Gets outmuscled for rebounds, especially on the defensive side of the ball. If teams want to use him as a small ball 5, he could get exploited. 

MOTOR

  • An inconsistent effort at times on the defensive side of the ball. Will need to focus more on the small details like boxing out or defensive effort. 

 

Overall
It's hard to consider that PJ Washington is a "sleeper" in this years draft class after a sensational Sophomore campaign at Kentucky but here we are. Washington is everything teams will desire in a stretch 4 that can play as a small ball 5 in certain situations. He's shown that he can hurt defenses from deep with his outside shooting and the rest of his game continues to show great improvement. He might be a perfect addition to a team picking in the late teens of the first round.

Film Room: PJ Washington - May 2, 2019

PJ Washington
PJ Washington returned to Kentucky for his Sophomore year and boy are we glad that he did.