C. J. Watson

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C. J. Watson
C.J. Watson Bulls.jpg
Watson with the Bulls
No. 32 – Indiana Pacers
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1984-04-17) April 17, 1984 (age 30)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Bishop Gorman
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
College Tennessee (2002–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2007 Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia (Italy)
2006–2007 PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece)
2007–2008 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
(D-League)
20082010 Golden State Warriors
20102012 Chicago Bulls
2012–2013 Brooklyn Nets
2013–present Indiana Pacers
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Charles Akeem Watson, Jr. (born April 17, 1984)[1] is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA.

College career[edit]

Watson played for the Tennessee Volunteers for 4 seasons. His best season came during his senior year (2005-06), played under head coach Bruce Pearl, where he averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He earned Second Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches. He finished his collegiate career as Tennessee's second all-time leader in assists (577), second in steals (198), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.396), tied for eighth in three-point field goals (401), and 15th in scoring (1,424 points).[1]

Professional career[edit]

European career[edit]

Despite an excellent college career, Watson went undrafted in 2006 NBA Draft. He then played briefly with San Antonio Spurs in 2006 NBA summer league before joining Italian Serie A team Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia. He averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17 games. He then moved on to join Greek A1 Ethniki team PAOK B.C. where he averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 assists in five games.[1]

D-League career[edit]

Watson returned to the states to revive his NBA career, participated in 2007 NBA summer league with the Spurs and later joined Charlotte Bobcats training camp. However, he once again failed to make the roster for the season. On November 1, 2007, he joined NBA D-League and was drafted 5th overall by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.[2] He averaged 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.38 steals in 38.1 minutes per game for the Vipers before signed by Golden State Warriors on January 8, 2008. At the time of the call up, Watson was the third leading scorer in the D-League. He also became the 100th player to be called up by a NBA team in D-League history.[3]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

On January 8, 2008, Golden State Warriors signed Watson to a 10-day contract to be a backup point guard to All-Star Baron Davis.[3] He impressed Warriors coach Don Nelson and subsequently earned a second 10-day contract.[4] After two 10-day contracts, where he appeared in 8 games, averaging 5.4 points and 1.8 assists in 16.6 minutes, Watson was signed for the remainder of the season. On February 17, 2010, Watson scored a career-high 40 points against the Sacramento Kings with 16-of-23 shooting.[5]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

On July 21, 2010, Watson was acquired in a sign and trade deal by the Chicago Bulls.[6] On November 26, 2010, the Bulls' starting point guard Derrick Rose was out with a stiff neck. Watson started against the Nuggets and scored a season high in a loss, with 33 points while also shooting 50% from the field.[7][8] On December 14, 2011, Watson changed his number from 32 to 7 because of Rip Hamilton signing with the Bulls. On April 28, 2012, in the Bulls' first game of that year's playoffs, guard Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. In his absence, Watson started the rest of the Bulls' playoff games. [9] The Bulls lost in the first round to the Philadelphia 76ers. Watson averaged 7.3 points on 24% shooting in the series.

Brooklyn Nets[edit]

On July 23, 2012, Watson signed with the Brooklyn Nets.[10]

Indiana Pacers[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Watson signed with the Indiana Pacers.[11]

Personal[edit]

Watson majored in psychology at Tennessee and continued working toward his degree every summer after starting his professional basketball career. He completed his coursework in 2012.[12] He has one brother, Kashif Watson, who played college basketball at the University of Idaho,[13] and one sister, Vonyetta Brooks.[citation needed] He is also actively involved in the Hoops For Hope program.[citation needed] C.J. is an active tweeter; his username is @quietstorm_32.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Golden State 32 0 11.5 .426 .346 .793 1.0 1.1 .5 .0 3.7
2008–09 Golden State 77 18 24.5 .457 .400 .870 2.5 2.7 1.2 .1 9.5
2009–10 Golden State 65 15 27.5 .468 .310 .771 2.6 2.8 1.6 .1 10.3
2010–11 Chicago 82 1 13.3 .371 .393 .740 1.1 2.3 .7 .1 4.9
2011–12 Chicago 49 25 23.7 .368 .393 .808 1.0 4.1 .9 .2 9.7
2012–13 Brooklyn 80 8 19.0 .418 .411 .780 1.8 2.0 .8 .2 6.8
2013–14 Indiana 63 5 18.9 .437 .366 .784 1.6 1.7 1.0 .1 6.6
Career 448 72 20.1 .423 .380 .801 1.9 2.4 1.0 .1 7.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Chicago 16 0 8.5 .339 .200 .909 .9 1.9 .5 .0 3.2
2012 Chicago 6 5 27.3 .241 .250 .750 2.2 5.5 .8 .0 7.3
2013 Brooklyn 7 0 23.0 .436 .267 .667 2.4 1.9 .7 .1 8.6
2014 Indiana 18 0 17.9 .409 .400 .607 2.2 .9 .9 .1 5.8
Career 47 5 16.7 .362 .314 .701 1.8 2.0 .7 .0 5.5

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