Watson with the Pacers in December 2009
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|
|Number||25, 8, 2, 11, 17|
|2006–2009||Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2013–2014||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2014–2015||Austin Spurs (assistant)|
|2015–present||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||5,593 (6.4 ppg)|
|Assists||3,871 (4.4 apg)|
|Steals||873 (1.0 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Earl Joseph Watson, Jr. (born June 12, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a four-year starter. Watson was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft with the 39th overall selection. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with seven teams before becoming a coach in 2014.
High school and college career
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.
Watson 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.
On October 2, 2014, Watson was hired as an assistant coach by the Austin Spurs of the NBA D-League, effectively ending his 13-year playing career. He joined the Phoenix Suns as their new assistant coach on July 30, 2015.
NBA career statistics
|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|
Watson's father, Earl, is African American and his mother, Estella, is Mexican American. Because his maternal grandparents were born in Mexico, Watson was 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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- TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN EARL WATSON
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- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Media related to Earl Watson at Wikimedia Commons