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Earl Watson
Earl Watson Bulls vs Pacers December 2009.jpg
Indiana Pacers  – No. 2
Point guard
Born June 12, 1979 (1979-06-12) (age 30)
Kansas City, Kansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
League NBA
Salary $6,600,000
High school Washington High School
Kansas City, Kansas
College UCLA
Draft 2nd round, (40th overall), 2001
Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams Memphis Grizzlies (2002–05)
Denver Nuggets (2005–06)
Seattle SuperSonics (2001; 2006–08)
Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–09)
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Earl Joseph Watson, Jr. (born June 12, 1979 in Kansas City, Kansas) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Indiana Pacers. Watson is a graduate of Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. In his senior year of high school he averaged 23.4 points, 8.3 assists and 13.2 rebounds per game.

A 6 ft 1 in, 195 lb point guard, Watson was selected in the second round (39th overall) by the SuperSonics in the 2001 NBA Draft. He was a starter in college at UCLA, at one point playing alongside future NBA player Baron Davis. They were the first two freshmen to start at UCLA since the 1979 season. A four-year starter, Watson started the most consecutive games in the history of UCLA basketball, also being number one all time in steals over his career. In the 2007–08 NBA season, Watson averaged 10.7 points and 6.8 assists with the Sonics.

On February 6, 2008, Watson recorded his first-ever triple-double in a game against the Sacramento Kings. Watson logged 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes.[1] It was Seattle's first triple-double since Ray Allen registered one on January 28, 2004, against the Los Angeles Lakers.[1]

Watson's father is African American and his mother is Mexican American. Because his maternal grandparents were born in Mexico, Watson is eligible to play for the Mexico national basketball team.[2][3] Watson's foundation "Emagine" is five years old, impacting the youth of his hometown Kansas City, Kansas.[4]

On May 17, 2009, Watson married actress Jennifer Freeman. Their first child was born in October 2009.[5]

On July 17, 2009, Watson was waived by the Thunder.[6] He signed with the Indiana Pacers on July 28, 2009.[7]

In December 2009, Watson moved ahead of T.J. Ford on the team's depth chart, making him the Pacers' primary starting point guard.

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NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Seattle 64 0 15.1 .453 .364 .639 1.3 2.0 .9 .1 3.6
2002–03 Memphis 79 2 17.3 .435 .341 .721 2.1 2.8 1.1 .2 5.5
2003–04 Memphis 81 14 20.6 .371 .245 .652 2.2 5.0 1.1 .2 5.7
2004–05 Memphis 80 14 22.6 .426 .319 .659 2.1 4.5 1.0 .2 7.7
2005–06 Denver 46 10 21.2 .429 .395 .627 1.9 3.5 .8 .2 7.5
2005–06 Seattle 24 0 25.1 .432 .420 .731 3.0 5.4 1.3 .1 11.5
2006–07 Seattle 77 25 27.9 .383 .329 .735 2.4 5.7 1.3 .3 9.4
2007–08 Seattle 78 73 29.1 .454 .371 .766 2.9 6.8 .9 .1 10.7
2008–09 Oklahoma City 68 18 26.1 .384 .235 .755 2.7 5.8 .7 .2 6.6
Career 597 156 22.8 .415 .338 .706 2.2 4.6 .7 .2 7.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Memphis 4 0 15.5 .533 .000 1.000 2.3 1.8 1.2 .0 4.8
2004–05 Memphis 4 0 18.5 .333 .111 1.000 2.5 3.8 .8 .2 4.8
Career 8 0 17.0 .410 .083 1.000 2.4 2.8 1.0 .1 4.8

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