Full Name: Earl Joseph Watson Jr.
Date/Place of Birth: 6/12/1979-Kansas City, KS
Height/Weight-6’ 1”, 199 lbs
Primary Position: PG
Projected Role: Third PG/Benchwarmer
NBA Draft: Drafted with the 39th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by Seattle
Honors: All-Pac 10 First Team (2001)
Career Averages-6.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.8 TOPG, 1 SPG. 12-13 PER: 7.7
The primary reason the Blazers signed Watson has little to do with his ability to contribute on the court. He is a good defender, although perhaps a bit overaggressive at times, an okay passer and a decent rebounder but his main role will be as mentor to Lillard and McCollum. Watson can teach those players how to be NBA point guards, and perhaps a bit about how to defend but that’s it. Watson is, at best, a defensive specialist at this point.
Watson shot 31% from the floor last season and his shot chart from last season is filled with so many red “xs” that it almost looks like its bleeding. About the only shot Watson can convert is a layup but he’s not that great about getting to the rim. The good news, he knows he’s a terrible shooter and so he doesn’t shoot that much. Watson also constantly gambles a bit too much on defense, putting his team in trouble as he goes for the big play rather than staying in position. If all goes well, he won’t see the court much except at the end of blowouts.
Played with ex-Blazers PG Ronnie Price in Utah.
Did You Know?:
Watsn recorded a triple double against Sacramento in 2008 while with Seattle, the franchise’s first since Ray Allen in 2004. .
At UCLA Watson started alongside fellow freshman Baron Davis, making them the first duo of freshmen to start at UCLA since 1979.
Watson was formerly married to actress Jennifer Freeman, who played Damon Wayans’ daughter on the TV series “My Wife and Kids”.