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C.J. Watson
PG - 6'2, 175lbs - 40 years old - 10 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2018 season
  • Birthdate: 04/17/1984
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2006
  • Pre-draft team: Tennessee
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
10th August, 2006ItalySigned a one year contract with Reggio Emilia.
15th March, 2007ItalyLeft Reggio Emilia.
15th March, 2007GreeceSigned for the remainder of the season with PAOK Thessaloniki.
18th September, 2007NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Charlotte.
24th October, 2007NBAWaived by Charlotte.
1st November, 2007D-LeagueDrafted 5th overall in the 2007 D-League Draft by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
8th January, 2008NBASigned a 10 day contract with Golden State.
18th January, 2008NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Golden State.
28th January, 2008NBASigned a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2009 with Golden State.
9th September, 2009NBARe-signed by Golden State to a one year, $1,000,497 contract.
22nd July, 2010NBASigned and traded by Golden State with a partially guaranteed three year, $10.2 million contract to Chicago in exchange for a 2011 second round pick (#44, Charles Jenkins).
10th July, 2012NBAWaived by Chicago.
23rd July, 2012NBASigned a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Brooklyn. Included player option for 2013/14.
14th June, 2013NBADeclined 2013/14 player option.
10th July, 2013NBASigned a two year, $4,093,000 contract with Indiana.
9th July, 2015NBASigned a partially guaranteed three year, $15 million contract with Orlando.
10th July, 2017NBAWaived by Orlando.
Career Moves
2002 - 2006Tennessee (NCAA)
July 2006San Antonio Spurs (Summer League)
August 2006 - March 2007Reggio Emilia (Italy)
March 2007 - June 2007PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece)
July 2007San Antonio Spurs (Summer League)
September 2007 - October 2007Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)
November 2007 - January 2008Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League
January 2008 - June 2010Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2010 - July 2012Chicago Bulls (NBA)
July 2012 - June 2013Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2015Indiana Pacers (NBA)
July 2015 - July 2017Orlando Magic (NBA)
Articles about C.J. Watson

June 29, 2017

C.J. Watson
PG, 6’2, 175lbs, 33 years old, 10 years of experience

Watson suddenly looked old the day he signed with Orlando. He was never especially quick, yet he was crafty off the dribble and was also a good shooter from the outside, just raising up without requiring much quickness. But now, they don’t go in. Ostensibly healthy after a troublesome calf last year, Watson’s main virtue on the court at this time is being under control, but in acknowledging that, we must acknowledge that this means he is not doing much with the ball any longer.

Player Plan: Unguaranteed $5 million for 2017/18 and not showing a reason to keep him at that price, especially with so much committed to backup point guard minutes in the form of Augustin.

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June 9, 2011

The most noticeable flaw is related to the shooting guard hole, and was the one roundly exposed by Miami. In their current guise, Chicago has only one ball handler, Derrick Rose. And if you take the ball out of his hands, Chicago has no other options.

Ronnie Brewer cannot dribble, and nor can Keith Bogans. Deng has never been able to do it unless he is playing for the Great British national team.8 C.J. Watson is a decent backup point guard on both ends of the court, and yet strangely, for a point guard, his handle is not great. You can therefore make a legitimate claim that Chicago's second best ball handler last season was its starting centre, Joakim Noah, the hands-down best player on the planet. But this is not much of a virtue, because unless it's his patented driving lefty layup high off the glass, Joakim is not in a position to do much with his ball handling ability, considering that he is no threat to make a shot from the perimeter.

Miami exposed this flaw by either double teaming Rose, or smothering him with bigger defenders, or both. When forced to give the ball up, Rose either turned it over on the jump-pass (which he does rather a lot), or gave it to someone who was quickly contested and who could do nothing with it. Chicago, therefore, lost its entire halfcourt offense.

Furthermore, Chicago struggles with shooting the ball from the outside. At the angry behest of Tom Thibodeau. Deng has mercifully turned his 22 footers into 24 footers and become a decent three point shooter, while Derrick Rose completely re-designed his jumpshot technique last summer and came out of it with a three point stroke that was a slight improvement on what went before it. (Although somehow, in the process, he lost his previously elite mid-range shot. All in all, a mixed return.) Ronnie Brewer can't do it, except, seemingly, for in the fourth quarters of playoff games. And C.J. Watson, the best 37% shooting backup point guard in the league, had a decent year with his flat-footed high arcing bombs, but hit only half a three a game. (If that makes sense.)

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August 12, 2010

Lords Of The Unguaranteed this offseason were Chicago. The contracts they gave to all three of C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver all have unguaranteed third seasons. Watson's and Brewer's are evidential of the aforementioned delayed-team-option thing, fully unguaranteed contracts that become fully guaranteed if not waived on or before July 10th. Korver's is different; he has $500,000 in guaranteed compensation, yet has no contract guarantee date (save for the league-wide guarantee date of January 10th), and will thus be an incredibly useful trade chip that summer because of reason 3 above. It is largely for this reason that unguaranteed contracts are so en vogue right now.

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July 11, 2010

[Kashif Watson] is here because he is C.J. Watson's brother. This happens a lot with player's brothers - Tony Durant was on the Thunder's summer league team last year, and Joel Bosh has played with the Raptors one before now. Rodney Billups once played with the Pistons, Zach Marbury with the Knicks, William Pippen (Scottie's nephew) with the Blazers. Additionally, LeBron James's high school team mates Dru Joyce and Romeo Travis have received numerous summer league stints with the Cavaliers, at James's behest. But the common trait behind that list of players is that the famous brother is a star for that time. This is not true of C.J. Watson, who is a free agent backup.

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