Hornets rookie PJ Washington sets NBA record for 3-pointers made in debut
The Charlotte Hornets barely edged out the Chicago Bulls in what was a surprisingly entertaining duel. Moreover, PJ Washington gave the ecstatic Charlotte fans more reasons to watch the team this 2019-20.
The rookie forward played a game to remember, as he finished with a team-high 27 points. Moreover, he set a record by making the most 3-pointers in a career debut.
Washington hit five triples in the first half alone, tying the record. Late in the third quarter, he broke the previous mark set and drained his sixth make from beyond the arc.
.@PJWashington’s five 3-pointers ties the record for most 3PM in a career debut!
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 24, 2019
PJ Washington hits his SIXTH 3 pointer. 👀 pic.twitter.com/5SKUYZ0WVQ
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 24, 2019
Washington’s rise was something that many Hornets fans were excited about. They saw how he performed during the preseason and were enthusiastic about what he has to offer the team. He got 32 minutes during the team’s final preseason game, and that should tell casual fans the magnitude of the expectations they have for the 12th overall pick.
The 21-year-old forward spent two seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats, and his decision to extend his collegiate stay helped him become a better player. In his second year as a Wildcat, he averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
The best component of his game that improved during his second year was his 3-point shooting. He was able to correct his shooting form and helped him achieve this feat. He also saw his 3-point percentages rise from 24 percent from his rookie year to 42 percent.
The game was also monumental for the Hornets, as they set a new franchise record of 23 3-point shots made in a regulation game.
The season will be long for the Hornets, and this is expected to be only be one of the few bright spots of a likely poor season. However, this is a great start for Washington’s career as a Hornet.