JAY Washington isn’t expecting to play a huge role as his career takes a reboot at Talk `N Text a year after playing one of his most solid seasons in the PBA while suiting up for Globalport.
“(The team) has a select group of accomplished players in the league so I don’t need to look to score much but just pick my spots, take my shots where I'm open,” Washington told Spin.ph.
“There are so many guys who on any given night can put big numbers so I just play my part,” he added.
The 6-foot-7 Washington returned to the Tropang Texters after being traded by the Batang Pier last month in exchange for Noy Baclao, rookie Harold Arboleda, and the rights for Talk 'N Text's second round pick in the 2018 draft.
The two-time Best Player of te Conference spent his first three seasons as a pro with Talk 'N Text before being traded in 2008 to San Miguel Beer.
As his career goes full circle, Washington has high hopes of winning multiple championships with the telecommunication franchise owing to the presence of its battle-tested core led by Ranidel de Ocampo, Jason Castro, ad Jimmy Alapag.
While the Texters failed to stock up additional help at the frontcourt for the coming season, Washington is confident the team is capable of remaining dominant under new coach Jong Uichico.
“We don’t have a dominant big man, but we got five or six guys who have pretty much the same size, and we can play really big or play smaller,” explained the 32-year-old former Eckerd standout.
The sweet-shooting Washington averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals in 33.2 minutes during the season that also saw him shoot 32.5 percent from three-point range.
He was one of the candidates for the season MVP award.