Don Nelson has been making waves with his unorthodox (for the NBA anyway) style of uptempo basketball. The same style of play that caused last year’s Dallas Mavericks–the team with the best record and league MVP–all kinds of matchup problems, and knocked them out of the playoffs in Round 1.
He may have added another proven ball-handler and scorer in signing former Vol CJ Watson to a 10-day deal.
Watson, who played at Tennessee, has dominated the D-League this season, averaging 26.4 points, 5.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game… He also is shooting 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
Warriors guard Kelenna Azubuike, who was called up from the D-League a year ago, played against Watson in college while at Kentucky and offered a strong endorsement, “He’s solid, a good decision-maker. I think he’ll be good for this team.”
While a 10 day contract doesn’t seem like much, its exactly the type of shot that can make or break a player. Having watched Watson during his four years at Tennessee, his style of play seems to be a good fit for Nelson’s system, and his extra 15 pounds of muscle added since leaving Knoxville will no doubt aid him in the physical NBA.
The Las Vegas native began practice yesterday and should be in uniform Wednesday night vs. Portland.