Earl Watson began his second stint with the Seattle SuperSonics when he was acquired in a four-team trade with the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 23, 2006. After starring at UCLA, Watson was drafted by the Sonics in the second round of the 2001 Draft. While it wasn't certain that Watson would even make the team in training camp, he emerged as the backup to Gary Payton as a rookie, averaging 3.6 points and 2.0 assists per game. A restricted free agent following his rookie season, Watson signed with Memphis, where he developed into a key reserve, averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 assists in 2004-05. Watson signed with Denver for the 2005-06 season, playing primarily shooting guard because of the Nuggets deep backcourt before being dealt to Seattle. Watson is regarded as one of the NBA's best defensive point guards, capable of putting pressure on the ball and creating steals.