Watford to play for Pistons, Warriors in NBA summer league

  • 07/01/2014 11:31 am in

Former Indiana forward Christian Watford hasn’t given up on his dream of making the NBA.

As first reported by David Pick of Eurobasket.com and Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times, Watford will play with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Pro summer league from July 5-11 in Orlando and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA summer league from July 11-21 in Las Vegas.

Watford is coming off his rookie season in the Israel Winner League with Hapoel Eilat, where he averaged 9.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 37 games. The Birmingham native shot 51.5 percent from the field and 79.3 percent from the free throw line.

Last summer, Watford played in for the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando summer league and the Dallas Mavericks in the Vegas summer league.

Rather than playing in the NBA’s developmental league, Watford decided to sign a guaranteed contract in Israel last August.

In his final season at IU, 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 the No. 9 spot on IU’s all-time scoring list.

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  • Bryce Kepner

    Surprising that he turned down the Spurs. They were the first to offer him a summer league spot this summer.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    That is a surprise to me —- the Spurs are such a good ball movement team and C-Wat was a great shooter.

    I’m truly surprised that he didn’t stick with some roster, and wouldn’t be surprised at all if he manages to make a team.

  • hardly

    so..is he getting paid for the use of his likeness in this blog post? 🙂

  • Good to see his 50%+ shooting percentage translating beyond NCAAs. I’m not a fan of Detroit or GS, but I hope he makes it onto one of those teams.

  • SCHoosier

    Is it possible that his agent put CW in tryouts where the team roster offered someone with Wat’s size and game the better opportunity? Not sure what the Spurs openings are..but that would makes sense to me. I’d think the defending champs are pretty secure with their roster??

  • Bryce Kepner

    Spurs have already said they are looking for a backup wing for next season…

  • Kelin Blab

    Interesting other players like CWat have turned down the NBDL. I wonder if it is more of a financial issue than opportunity. Found out recently HS kids can go straight to the NBDL if they want to…..

  • DRT

    Watford always a great shooter with size. He has no business being in the front court in the NBA, but if you can shoot the ball like he can someone can generally find a spot for you.