4. P.J. Washington
The growth of P.J. Washington over the past few seasons has been a welcome sight for the Hornets. This is a team that needs a complementary scoring option and it appears that Washington has developed into exactly that.
Washington’s scoring has increased steadily since taking a bit of a dip in year three, going from 12.2 as a rookie to 10.3 in 2021-22, increasing by nearly five points last season and now sitting at a solid 17.9 points per game. The steady increase in scoring and minutes played over the past two seasons while starting all 80 games he has appeared in is beyond encouraging for the Hornets.
There was a chance that Washington could have landed on a different team this past offseason, as Washington was a restricted free agent. Unfortunately for Washington, a market failed to develop, and it took much longer than anyone anticipated for him to end his foray into restricted free agency.
Ultimately, Charlotte re-signed Washington back in August, locking him in on a three-year deal to remain with the Hornets. While it may take until the final year of his contract for this organization to reach the postseason, Washington should be a key component of Charlotte’s next team that makes the playoffs.