Guys named "Denzel" gotta stick together -- so says Denzel Washington ... who tells TMZ Sports he actually "tracked down" NBA draft pick Denzel Valentine to say what's up.
Denzel -- the actor -- was at Madeo over the weekend when he explained why it was important for him to meet the former Michigan State star.
FYI, Valentine -- who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the #14 pick -- was actually named after the "Training Day" star.
Moral of the story -- Wanna meet Denzel Washington? Just name your kid after him. It's that easy.