Paul Jamaine Washington Jr. (born August 23, 1998) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association for the Charlotte Hornets (NBA). He was a member of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team in college. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2020 after being drafted by the Hornets in the first round of the 2019 NBA draft with the 12th overall pick.
Washington played through a pinkie injury for the majority of his rookie season at Kentucky, which necessitated surgery in the summer. Washington led Kentucky with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas State. As a rookie, Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. After the season, he registered for the NBA draft, but on May 30, 2018, he announced his comeback.
Following Kentucky’s loss in the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Washington declared his desire to forego his remaining two years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2019 NBA Draft, where he was predicted to be a first-round pick.
The Charlotte Hornets selected Washington with the 12th overall choice in the 2019 NBA draft. Washington officially joined the Hornets on July 3, 2019. On October 23, 2019, Washington made his NBA debut, starting with 27 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block in a 126–125 win over the Chicago Bulls.
He also hit seven three-pointers in his NBA debut, the most in the league’s history. In a 118–111 win over the Sacramento Kings on October 31, 2019, Washington had 23 points and 8 rebounds. In a 110–107 win over the Detroit Pistons on November 29, 2019, Washington scored 26 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Washington was chosen to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team for the 2019–20 season on September 15, 2020.
Washington scored a career-high 42 goals to help the Charlotte Hornets defeat the Sacramento Kings on February 28, 2021.
ESPN rated Washington as a five-star prospect, the No.12 overall recruit, and the No.3 power forward in the 2017 high school class. He committed to the Kentucky Wildcats on November 10, 2016, and signed his letter of intent on November 20.
As of 2021, the 23-year-net old’s worth is predicted to be between $1 million and $3 million. His income and endorsements account for the majority of his net worth.
Washington agreed to a four-year, $12,070,560 deal with the Charlotte Hornets, with a guaranteed sum of $12,070,560 and an annual average salary of $3,017,640.
Washington’s base salary in 2021-22 will be $4,215,120, with a cap hit of $4,215,120 and a dead cap value of $4,215,120.
Washington is the son of Paul and Sherry Washington and was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Both of his parents were basketball players at Middle Tennessee State.
Washington also has two younger siblings named Spencer and Alexandria Washington.
Washington was dating Brittany Renner at the time. Brittany is an Instagram influencer and fitness model. The pair recently dissolved their relationship.