Monday, July 27, 2009

Watson is still looking for a job in the NBA and might not find it

By Anthony Caruso III

C. J. Watson has always had to prove his self in his pro career in the States. Watson did not get a shot at the NBA right out of college – and it wasn't until years later, that he finally got a shot. The Golden State Warriors saw something in him to sign him in January 2008.

At that time, he was signed to a 10-day contract to back up Baron Davis. He impressed the coaching staff to get another 10-day contract. He would sign for the rest of the season after this second 10-day contract. He has spent the past 1 1/2-years total in Golden State. He averaged 9.5 points last season in 77 games after scoring 3.7 points in 32 games in 2008.

Now, as a free agent, Watson has to prove his self again. However, this time, he cannot prove his self on a basketball court – teams will have to rely on what they saw during his time in Golden State. There have been a few teams have expressed interest in Watson, including the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, among others.

But Watson still isn't signed. He may not get signed until later this summer, or maybe not until training camps start in September. Watson would like to find a home before then, but he might have to go back overseas or to the D-League to play again.

Watson played in the 2007 summer league with the San Antonio Spurs, before going to the Charlotte Bobcats training camp. But he was released from that camp, before being drafted the 5th overall pick in the 2007 NBDL Draft by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He averaged .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 in January 2008. When he was called up to the Warriors, he became the 100thplayer to be called by an NBA team in D-League history.

Watson originally went undrafted out of Tennessee in the 2006 NBA Draft. He got his pro career officially started with the Italian Serie A Team, Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia. He averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17 games. After playing in Italy, he moved onto Greek A1 Ethniki team PAOK B.C, where he averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 assists in 5 games.

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