Charlotte Hornets Training Camp: What’s on the line for each player

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Early playing time

Going into his rookie season as the third power forward on the depth chart, PJ Washington is going to have to have a strong training camp if he hopes to earn early minutes. He’ll have to show the coaching staff that he can play the center position, along with his typical power forward role.

Washington was the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft after having a great sophomore year at Kentucky. He did not play in Summer League due to foot soreness, but he’s fully healthy going into camp and I know that many fans are very eager to get a look at him in an NBA game.

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He’s a modern-day big man that can space the floor, put the ball on the deck and make plays. He’s also a strong rebounder and will mix it up inside. Overall, he’s got the tools to have a long NBA career and have a successful first season with the Charlotte Hornets.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Washington starts the season on the bench, maybe even the G-League. I do think, however, that his minutes will continue to trend upwards as we get further along into the regular season. Getting him as much NBA experience as possible would be ideal.

I’m excited to see Washington get some run during preseason. His play in training camp and preseason will likely have an impact on how much he plays during the beginning of the 2019-20 season.