The No. 12 pick in the draft has looked comfortable from Day 1, impressing everyone in Charlotte by James Herbert @outsidethenba Dec 6, 2019 at 3:17 pm ET • 12 min read A few games into P.J. Washington’s NBA career, Kentucky Wildcats assistant coach Kenny Payne called to ask how in the world he was doing it. “I need you to bump your head first,” Payne told him. “I don’t need you to come into this league and figure it out from Day 1. What are you seeing, what are you digesting out there?”In his first five minutes as a professional, Washington had calmly cashed three spot-up 3s. By halftime, the Charlotte Hornets forward had made five, the same number he hit in his entire freshman season in Lexington. Washington finished with seven 3s, a league record for a debut, and 27 points, more than he’d managed in any game that freshman year.”He says the spacing is so different that if you are strong with the ball and you can drive it, you can have an impact,” Payne said. In college, Washington had to deal with double-teams. He had to deal with help defenders collapsing every time he drove to… Read full this story
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