Larry Bird gets it.
More than the minimum? I hope not too much more.
My Nate Robinson reference was more of a joke than anything. He'll probably get more money than CJ will. But I wouldn't mind having a 3rd string point with some of the skills that Nate has.
One problem with discussions in forums like this, degree cannot really be evaluated. I am just throwing the third point guard stuff out there for fun as I realize it isn't realistic.
never been a Watson fan. always seemed like a chucker to me. granted I haven't watched him a ton. I guess for the money you can't ask for much more. I'm meh on the signing
This is really good news. We needed a bigger back up point to guard Norris Cole. Now we can use the MLE for a back up power forward.
Love this signing. Bird has been here less than a week and has already made the team better
I believe this is Bird's first day officially, in fact.
CJ Watson is a bit under 6'2 (6'1.75 according to DX) but he does have a 6'6 wingspan. Wingspan plays an important role in our defensive system of shading the opponent that slashes to the hoop and I'm glad that the FO acquires players that fit this system.
About CJ Watson's history now. He went to the University of Tennessee and played there for 4 years. He had a good college career (nothing spectacular but all around solid) and after 4 years he declared for the 2006 NBA Draft. No one picked him so he went to Europe. He went in Italy and played for Reggio Emilia. He averaged 8.5 PPG and 2.3 RPG in 17 games and was unspectacular. He moved to Greece and played for PAOK and averaged 7.4 PPG and 2.2 APG in 5 games. His shooting wasn't good while in Europe so he returned to the US. He played for the Spurs' SL team in 2007 (he had also played with them in 2006) and he joined the Bobcats training camp. He didn't make either roster and thus he decided to join the D-League.
Here's the part about CJ Watson of an article writen by DX (Givony and Schmidt) about the 2007 D-League draft:
http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/CJ-Watson-569/November 1, 2007
A year removed from college, C.J. Watson is coming off a difficult rookie season in Europe, where he bounced around between Italy and Greece and never really found his rhythm, which isnít a huge surprise considering that heís a bit of an acquired taste. He did have a terrific summer league showing with San Antonio, particularly in the Rocky Mountain Revue. Watson is a 6-2 combo guard, leaning more towards the point guard position. Heís just an average athlete, but is exceptionally smart and crafty, possessing a beautiful perimeter stroke and a high basketball IQ. He gets in the passing lanes well, and is getting better and better at creating his own shot and setting up teammates. Expect him to be one of the first players off the board tonight, as heís a perfect example of what the D-League is all about, and might even warrant a call-up at some point this season.
From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz2Xp3LZ7PL
The writers proved to be right. CJ was picked at #5 by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston's team that does an excellent job of developing NBA talent) and had a great season. He averaged 26.3 PPG while shooting 52.3% from the field, 40% from 3 and 89.2% from the FT line. He also averaged 5.8 APG, 5.4 RPG and 1.8 SPG.
This D-League campaign earned him an NBA spot. The Warriors signed him in January 8, 2008 to a 10-day contract. He impressed Don Nelson and signed a second 10-day contract and after its expiration he was signed for the remainder of the season. He had a 40 point game against the Kings in 2010.
Here's another article by DX on CJ Watson. This article is from a SL game back in 2008:
http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/CJ-Watson-569/This may not be Watsonís best performance of the Summer League, but it accentuated his talents. He did a great job moving the ball up the floor on the break and making things happen. He has nice quickness and great speed, allowing him to beat his man to the where he earned numerous trips to the foul line. Watson shows a tremendous motor, always in attack mode. His assist numbers werenít great, but he set the tempo and sparked quite a few easy baskets. His shooting touch looked solid, and considering the amount of time he spent with the ball in his hands, he didnít turn the ball over all that much. Defensively, Watson was an absolute nuisance. He has incredibly quick hands and took advantage of some shoddy ball handling by Dallasís starters. Watson stood out more than he did last year, and seems like heís capable of sticking in the League if that is telling of his development over the past year.
From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz2Xp71IzGo
He was signed and traded to the Bulls in the 2010 off-season and we know about the rest.
Two interesting facts from his Wikipedia page:
C. J. 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. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._J._Watson)
He is also an active tweeter.
All in all, he seems like a fight that has fought for his NBA spot. 4 year guy, went undrafted, went in Europe and didn't pan out, went to the D-League and finally landed an NBA spot. He seems to fit our defensive identity of being freaking long and has shot well everywhere that he has gone in the US (he shot bad in Europe but it was only a 22 game sample).
So, I'm glad about this verbal agreement. I hope that it goes through and becomes official in June 10th
Truly reminds of the Gerald Green signing. The guy has bounced around the world, finally gets his shot in NY and, in a contract year***, plays really well. He'll now get a contract in the NBA long term and who knows what he'll do. Probably suck and become lazy just like Gerald Green.
Yes, he plays bigger than his size, just like George Hill does.
Watson's PER 36 numbers are pretty good for a backup PG. Shoots the three well. Doesn't turn it over at all(1.6 PER 36) and when he played with Chicago for two years where he actually had talent around him his Assists PER 36 were in the low 6's. Augustin's last year was 5.0. Not to mention the difference in defensive capabilities. Watson's a clear upgrade in almost every facet from Augustin and came cheap. Not sure we can complain.