Christian Watford likely to play for Pacers and Mavericks in NBA Summer League

  • 06/28/2013 10:51 am in


Former Indiana forward Christian Watford wasn’t drafted last night, but he’ll still get a shot to play in the NBA.

After working out for more than 15 teams, Watford had some second round interest, but didn’t hear his name called.

He’ll now have to play his way onto a roster and he could get that chance beginning in the NBA Summer League with the Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks, according to Scott Agness of

Watford confirmed that the Pacers and Mavs deal is the most likely scenario to Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times, but said that nothing has been finalized. According to Dopirak, the Pacers play in Orlando from July 7-12 and the Mavs play in Las Vegas July 12-22.

Indiana coach Tom Crean, who was available Friday morning via teleconference to discuss last night’s draft, said Watford was “highly disappointed” that he wasn’t picked and added that “there were quite a few scenarios inside of it that just didn’t come to fruition” last night.

That said, Crean believes Watford has a great opportunity ahead of himself to earn a spot in the league and said that the Birmingham native received a lot of positive feedback in workouts around the league.

“I think eliminated a lot of questions that people might have had about him,” Crean said. “What I gave him last night was that nobody drafted Wes Matthews a couple of years ago.”

Matthews, who played for Crean at Marquette, went undrafted in 2009 and played his way to a 5-year, $34 million dollar contract after one season.

As a senior at Indiana, Watford averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and shot 48.4 percent from 3-point range. He finished his career in Bloomington in the No. 9 spot on the all-time scoring list.

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  • Candy Striped Kid

    Good luck Christian! Alex, where can you find current records online? The one I found on Indiana’s website hasn’t been updated since 08-09 season.

  • HoosierTrav

    Good Luck Christian… ALL of HoosierNation is hoping for success. Prove the doubters wrong! You’ve done it before. GodSpeed

  • Hardwood83

    I believe C-Wat will earn some money playing ball, maybe in the US maybe overseas. Big man that can shoot and defend will catch on someplace. Thanks for the memories!

  • PDXHoosier

    I’m pretty confident CWat will catch on somewhere. A lot of second round picks were spent on young foreign players with potential that teams want the rights to just in case they develop. I’m sure plenty of teams realize they can sign CWat as an undrafted free agent. Wouldv’e been awesome to hear his name get called, though.

  • Old Hoosier

    We are all behind you, Christian! Thank you so much for all the memories, and for representing IU Basketball so well and with such class! Pacers sound good!

  • jayrig5

    I think he’s better than Solomon Hill. Certainly a better shooter.

  • stillmyfave

    Christian, you are still my favorite. Sorry that no contract comes because of that (I’m not an important person $$-wise), but you should know that people appreciate, honor, and respect you and what you have accomplished. More than that, it’s about the person you are and will be. I do expect to see you in a uniform, and if it is a Pacer uniform, I will get to see you and cheer you on, loudly. And it will be my honor to do so.

  • BigOilHQ

    Bumped into Christian and Myck Kabongo at the Sacramento airport on Monday. I thanked him for helping to rebuild the program and he couldn’t have been more polite. Seems like a good kid. Best of luck to him in his professional career.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Good luck CWat!!

  • Candy Striped Kid

    thanks man!!