Duane Washington Jr. Bio: Wife, Children & Contracts

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Duane Washington Jr., a point guard and a solid contributor for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, was waived by the team on February 1, 2023, after a season.

Previously, the undrafted player of the 2021 NBA Draft played for Indiana Pacers (2021-22) & then had a season with the Suns before they released him to sign Saban Lee on a two-way contract.

The Ohio State alumnus is the son of former NBA player Duane Washington who last played in the league for the Los Angeles Clippers during the 1992-93 season.

Duane Washington Jr.
Duane Washington Jr. Playing For The Pacers (Source: Twitter)

Washington scored a career-high 26 points, four rebounds, and eight assists on December 27, 2022, in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

He is currently a free agent, and no news of him being associated with any teams has come out yet.

Quick Facts

Full Name Duane Eddy Washington Jr.
Known As Duane Washington Jr.
Nickname DWJ
Birthdate March 24, 2000
Age 22 Years Old
Birthplace  Frankfurt, Germany
Current Residence Phoenix, United States
Father’s Name Duane Washington
Mother’s Name Therese Washington
Siblings Jalen Sartor & Seth Millner
Nationality American-German
Relationship Status Dating
Girlfriend Jackson Kayla Michelle Adkins
Children One Son
Built Athletic
Sexual Orientation Straight
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Weight 210 lb./95kg
Height 6 ft. 3 in/1.9 m/190 cm
Ethnicity Afro-American
Zodiac Sign Aries
Profession Professional Basketball Player
  • Grand Rapids Christian High School (GRCHS)
  • Sierra Canyon High School
  • Ohio State University
Profession Basketball player
League NBA
NBA Draft Undrafted: 2021
  • Indiana Pacers (2021-2022)
  • Phoenix Suns (2022-2023)
Position Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Awards & Achievements Third-team All-Big Ten (2021)
Playing Career 2021-Present
Roster Status Free Agent
Salary $500k
Net Worth $1-$3 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update March 2023

Early Life & Education

Duane Washington Jr. was born Duane Eddy Washington Jr. on March 24, 2000, in Frankfurt, Germany.

He comes from a lineage of basketball players. Washington is the son of former professional basketball players Duane Washington and Therese Washington.

During the time of his birth, his father played for the Skyliners Frankfurt in Germany.

Along with his father, his uncle Derek Fisher also played in the NBA for 18 seasons until hanging his cleats in 2014.

DWJ was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he attended Grand Rapids Christian High School for three years and then transferred to Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles.

Duane Washington Jr. For Sierra Canyon
Duane Washington Jr. For Sierra Canyon (Source: Sierra Canyon Athletics)

To fulfill his NBA dreams, DWJ later transferred to his uncle Fisher’s basketball camp and lived with him.

Coming out of the camp, he was considered a three-star recruit by Rivals and four-star by ESPN.

Consequently, he received athletic scholarships from UCLA, Butler, and Michigan, but he chose Ohio State and committed to play on September 20, 2017.

After playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2018 to 2021, he declared for the 2021 NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility initially.

Nevertheless, he announced his intention to remain in the draft on June 29.

Undrafted In the NBA Draft | Basketball Career

Despite his outstanding collegiate career, he went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft, joining notable fellow undrafted players like Austin Reaves, Joel Ayayi & Aaron Henry.

Nevertheless, Indiana Pacers signed Washington on a two-way contract on August 5, 2021.

With the new deal, he also played with the Pacers G-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

His two-way contract with the team was converted into a standard one on April 7. Nonetheless, the Pacers waived Washington Jr. on July 14, 2022.

Whie with the Pacers, Duane Washington Jr. made a franchise high seven three-pointers in a loss against the Pelicans on January 24, 2022.

It broke the previous record of six three-pointers, each by Chuck Person and Chris Duarte.

Duane Washington Jr. For The Phoenix Suns
Duane Washington Jr. For The Phoenix Suns (Source: Bright Side of the Sun)

Free agent Washington was signed by the Phoenix Suns on August 3, 2022, on a two-way contract.

His term with the team came to an end on February 1, 2023, making him a free agent when the Suns signed the Vanderbilt Commodores alumnus Saban Lee on a two-way contract.

With the Suns, the NBA player scored his career-high 26 points in a 125-108 victory against the Grizzlies on December 27, 2022.

Net Worth & Contracts

Net Worth

The former Buckeye hooper Duane Washington Jr. is estimated to have a net worth of $1 and $3 million as of 2023.

However, take that information with a pinch of salt, as no genuine sources have backed it up.

The player is currently a free agent and has not signed any major deal with any teams in the league.

Similarly, the information about his endorsement deal also appears to be shady.

 According to Spotrac, his NBA career earning total just about $950,000.


On April 7, Indiana Pacers converted Washington’s two-way contract into a standard one.

He and the team agreed on a three-year $4.34 million contract with an average annual salary of $1.44 million and $950,000 guaranteed at signing.

But later, they waived him to clear the cap space of $1.56 million.

Fathers A Son With His Girlfriend

The NBA shooting guard is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend, Jackson Kayla Michelle Adkins. Moreover, with his beau Kayla, Washington Jr. is a doting father of one, a son named Three.

The pair began allegedly began dating in 2020, but further on, the whereabouts of their relationship is still a mystery.

Even though some online sources claim that he and his girlfriend, Jackson Kayla, are married, no official confirmation from the couple’s side is out yet.

None of the duo has posted or hinted about their marriage on their social media. Rather, they share adorable pictures of themselves & their child.

The couple revealed their pregnancy via Instagram on June 23, 2022.

DWJ shared the news with his 44.7k Instagram followers with a cute picture of him and his significant other with a caption that read, “You plus me equals Three!!!! Mini me coming soon!!! DW3”.

Duane Washington Jr. With His Wife & Child
Duane Washington Jr. With His Wife & Child (Source: Instagram)

On November 24, 2022, they welcomed a baby boy, Three.

Talking a bit about his spouse, Adkins is an Indiana native raised by her folks Jenny (née Speck) Adkins and Donovan Adkins. On her father’s side, she has two younger siblings.

She went to Diocesan Chatard Secondary School, where she was a part of the cheerleading squad.

On her Facebook profile, Kayla often shares pictures of her parents, her boyfriend & their son.

Father Washington Sr. & Uncle Are Former NBA Players

As mentioned before, Duane Washington Jr.’s father, Duane Washington Sr., played two seasons in the NBA for Net Jersey Nets & Los Angeles Clippers.

Similarly, he played professionally overseas in Spain, France, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, and Israel. Washington Sr. is not just famous for his professional career or as a father of an NBA player but also for his legal issues.

On September 18, 2012, Washington Sr. hit a pedestrian walking alongside I-96 in Michigan and left the scene of the accident.

Duane Washington Sr. Felony Charges
Duane Washington Sr. Felony Charges (Source: The Athletic)

After nine months, he accepted a plea and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 100 hours of community service, and 18 months probation.

Talking about DWJ’s uncle Derek Fisher is a former basketball player and a coach.

He played in the NBA for 18 seasons and spend the majority of his career with the Lakers, with whom he won 5 NBA championships. After retiring from basketball, he began his coaching career.

He was announced as the head coach for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA on December 5, 2018.

Unknown Facts About Duane Washington Jr.

  • Duane Washington Jr. played with Cassius Stanley, Scotty Pippen Jr., and Kenyon Martin Jr. during his time at Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles.
  • 247Sports considered Washington a three-star recruit coming out of basketball camp.
  • DWJ’s father, Washington Sr., while with the New Jersey Nets, was suspended for two years for violating the substance-abuse agreement on October 1988.
  • Duane Washington has dual nationality: American-German.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Was Washington Jr. close to Kobe Bryant?

Duane Washington Jr. became close with the late Kobe Bryant through his uncle Derek Fisher. His Instagram bio reads RIP Uncle Kobe.

Is Duane Washington Jr. German?

Since Duane was born in Germany, he also holds German citizenship in addition to American.

Does Washington Jr. have a son?

Yes, the NBA shooting guard is father of a baby boy named Three with his girlfriend, Jackson Kayla Michelle Adkins.

Why is not Duane Washington Jr. playing?

Washington Jr. was signed on a two-way contract with Phoenix Suns on August 3, 2022. But in the mid-season of the 2022 NBA season, he was waived off to clear the cap to sign Saban Lee.

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