January 8, 2007

The 6'2 Watson was carrying averages of 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. (photo: warriors.com photo)
The Golden State Warriors have signed guard CJ Watson of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin announced today.

In 16 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season, Watson averaged 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.38 steals in 38.1 minutes per contest, while shooting 50.6% (128-253 FG) from the field, 40.0% (18-45 3FG) from three-point range and 89.9% (149-166 FT) from the free throw line. He currently ranks third in the D-League in scoring, having scored 20-or-more points 14 times with six 30-plus efforts and one 40-point performance, while also ranking fifth in assists. He was named the NBA Development League Player of the Month for December.

Watson, 23, is the 10th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2007-08 NBA Development League season and the 100th overall call-up (among 68 players) since the D-League began play in November 2001. A 6-2, 180-pound second-year professional, Watson went undrafted out of the University of Tennessee in the 2006 NBA Draft before playing last season in Italy and Greece.

Watson will wear uniform #4. Golden State’s roster now stands at 15 players.

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