With the Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose on the bench nursing a turf toe injury this has given C.J. Watson his chance to shine. Obviously, we all know that once Rose is healthy enough to return, that Watson will return to the bench. On the other hand, the Bulls now have insured themselves that they have a viable asset coming off the bench. Of course he is not a Derrick Rose and if you were to ask Watson that question he would most likely agree but, a nice combo set with the two.
Watson was a four year player with the University of Tennessee. A great college career where his best season came during his senior year in (2005-06), playing under head coach Bruce Pearl He averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds for the season. He received Second Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches. He finished his collegiate career as Tennessee’s second all-time leader in assists (577), second in steals (198), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.396), tied for eighth in three-point field goals (401), and 15th in scoring (1,424) points.
Watson made a brief stint with San Antonio Spurs in the 2006 NBA summer league before heading overseas to play with Italian Serie A team Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia. He averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17 games. He then moved to Greece where he played with team PAOK B.C. where he averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 assists in five games. He had a short stop in the D League where he was the third leading scorer and the 100th player to ever be called up from the D league.
He was signed by the Golden State Warriors where he played three seasons there before being traded to the Bulls where he spent his last two. This now deepens an already deep Chicago bench with a much needed depth at the guard position. An unbalanced lost at Memphis, a lost to the Atlanta Hawks on January 7th, and an early loss to Golden State; the Bulls are perfect on the season. Rose was injured on the 10th of January and has been in and out of the lineup.
C.J. Watson has been able to hold up the consistency of the play of the Bulls with Rose out of the lineup. Watson is the bulls 5th leading scorer with just over 10 points a game and dishing out just over 3 assists per game. He leads the Bulls with 1.3 steals a game. He has now proven to Chicago and their fans that he can keep the wheel rolling without Rose in the lineup.
With a record of 14-3 and an unblemished mark at home with 6 straight victories, Rose can rest his turf toe injury until it is completely healed with emergence of Watson. The Bulls are first in the central division and first in the eastern conference as of January 21th.
About the Author
Written by Dane Hodge
I am a recent graduate of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. I majored in Communications with my emphasis in Radio/Television and Film. I have recently been writing for the Brookdale Community College Men's and Women's soccer teams in Lincroft, New Jersey on the athletic page of the school website. My love for sports is beyond this world. My real love is Television. I am a volunteer for Brookdale television as a broadcaster. One day I hope to become a great sports broadcaster, as of right now I believe that my volunteer work and my will to succeed will guide me to the path that I want. When I was younger I wrote for the Asbury Park Press in 2000, 2001. I have been writing for a while now and it is something in which I enjoy.