The Miami Heat are going to have quite a bit of talent to choose from with the No. 13 overall draft pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. One of those talented players is University of Kentucky product P.J. Washington.
When asked about the prospect of playing in Miami, Washington expressed a great deal of interested in coming to South Florida and teaming up with fellow Kentucky product Bam Adebayo.
Washington’s sentiment was passed on by The Athletic’s Shandel Richardson.
“Washington said he would love to play in Miami because of his eagerness to team with former Kentucky players: Former Wildcat Bam Adebayo is entering his third season with the Heat,” he wrote. “Washington would give them another forward, along with Kelly Olynyk, who can stretch the floor. Adebayo is also a strong shooter but just hasn’t been given the opportunity because of the Heat’s system.”
Last season at Kentucky, Washington averaged 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward has displayed an ability to be a primary scorer.
Washington spoke about how he believes his game will translate to the next level.
“I feel like (my game) will translate a lot (to the NBA) just because the spacing is better,” Washington said. “I’m just a basketball player. I feel like whatever the coach wants me to do, I can go out and do it.”
When it comes to the Heat, their current roster is filled with fantastic second or third offensive options, but no true go-to guy. With Washington, it’s possible that he could eventually fill that position.
His ability to team up with Adebayo would simply be frosting on the cake.