June 12, 1979 |
Kansas City, Kansas
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||199 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Washington (Kansas City, Kansas)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|2006–2009||Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2013–2014||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Earl Joseph Watson, Jr. (born June 12, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a four-year starter. He has been known in the NBA mainly for his passion and aggressive and tough defensive ability. In the 2003-04 NBA season, Watson finished 10th in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
Watson is a graduate of Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. In his senior year of high school he averaged 23.4 points, 8.3 assists and 14 rebounds per game.
He was a starter in college at UCLA, at one point playing alongside future NBA All-Star Baron Davis. They were the first two freshmen to start at UCLA since the 1979 season. A four-year starter, Watson started the most consecutive games in the history of UCLA basketball. He was named All-Pac-10 First Team his senior year in 2001.
Watson was selected in the second round (39th overall) by the SuperSonics in the 2001 NBA draft. In the 2007–08 NBA season, Watson averaged 10.7 points and 6.8 assists with the Sonics. On February 6, 2008, Watson recorded his first-ever triple-double in a game against the Sacramento Kings. Watson logged 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes. It was Seattle's first triple-double since Ray Allen registered one on January 28, 2004, against the Los Angeles Lakers.
NBA career statistics
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|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|
Watson's father, Earl, is African American and his mother, Estella, is Mexican American. Because his maternal grandparents were born in Mexico, Watson is eligible to play for the Mexico national basketball team. Watson has four brothers and one sister. Watson founded the organization "Emagine" to impact the youth of his hometown Kansas City, Kansas.
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- Player Bio: Earl Watson
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