Submitted by Cory Bernstein of Hoops Talk Nation
Brooklyn’s Finest 15 is the ranking of all 15 Nets based on what I think will be their impact on Brooklyn this season. Here’s number 9, CJ Watson.
There’s little to write about Watson, as he is one of the more boring, average players in the NBA. Like Keith Bogans, before joining Brooklyn Watson was in Chicago, where he was forced to start twenty-five games for the Bulls. Though he struggled as a starter, Watson provides incredible value as a backup. Many were shocked that he went to the Nets for the veterans minimum, as he has shown through five NBA season that he is a very viable and competent backup point guard. Though much has been made of the Nets’ spending spree this offseason, one has to credit Billy King for filling the backup point guard role with a very good player at the cheapest price possible.
Watson’s strength is that he is a very good three point shooter. Through his career, CJ has shot 37% from behind the arch and an impressive 42% from the field. For a point guard, especially one coming off the bench, it is good that he will be able to attack the rim and not be afraid to shoot. Besides this, Watson was slightly below average in nearly every single statistic. Don’t belive me? Here are Watson’s stats from last year. Compare those to these of the average NBA point guard last season.
As you can see, Watson is slightly below average in nearly every signle stat, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Yesterday, we covered Reggie Evans, a player exceptional at one thing but horribly below average at nearly all others. Today we have Watson, who is just okay at every part of the game. As a backup point guard, Watson will play minutes and provide value to the Nets. He can play alongside Deron Williams in a smaller lineup and if Deron is in foul trouble or injured I am confident that Watson can hold the fort down for a few games. All in all, CJ Watson provides excellent value from a financial standpoint and is a great piece on the bench. He is reliably and consistently decent, which is not a bad thing by any means. He will not get major minutes because a perennial All-Star is in front of him, but he will play as the backup point guard nonetheless.