Mar 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard C.J. Watson (1) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 109-87. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers: Does C.J. Watson Upgrade the Point Guard Position?

I know the Pacers made the move to sign C.J. Watson this off season as a way to improve their back up production at the point guard position. But I don’t think he’s that much better than D.J. Augustin, who never panned out. I think with Augustin, he wanted to start, and that looked to be an issue as he just wasn’t very good in the bench role. But then he would go on to start some games, and looked like the D.J. Augustin that the Pacers actually thought they were signing.

Things got so bad for Augustin that Ben Hansbrough got some time in that backup point guard position. This is where the Pacers will need the most help this coming season, so hopefully Watson can provide some solid play. Solid play includes running the second unit to a consistent pattern. Keeping the game going in the right direction for the Pacers is what a back up point guard player. I know the Pacers didn’t have much money to play with regarding that position, so they had to do what they could to get someone in here to play.

Watson averages around 8 points a game, which is something that would be fantastic if he can get each time he’s out there playing. Maybe even some nights of double figures, which is what he averaged one season for the Golden State Warriors. The assists are right around 2.5 a game, which is fine for his play. The bigger picture to me is how the team looks when they’re out there playing in the second unit. Last season, the bench could lose leads quicker than anticipated, and at times the offense just really plodded along. The Pacers need to correct that and hopefully with Watson, Chris Copeland, and even Danny Granger coming off the bench things will be much better.

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  • metalhead65

    as long as he can distribute the ball I don’t care how many points he scores. they just need somebody to run the offense and not to turn the ball over and to get it to Granger, Copeland and to anyone else that can score off the bench. any points he scores because the other guys are covered is a bonus. he has to be a pass first point guard for the bench to be better than last year.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      That’s a great point to be made, and I appreciate that you’re always here making great comments for discussion. I think if there’s a scoring option, Watson won’t need to worry about that, and like you said passing first would be the ideal situation.

      • metalhead65

        thanks for the great articles. nice to be able to discuss things with somebody who knows what they are talking about without the I am the expert shut up attitude of some bloggers.

        • Stephen Ajamie

          That’s the best part of our network here, we’re all fans first, bloggers second. At least that’s what I get out of it. I try to just put my own spin on whatever I want to write, and make it as straight forward as possible. Basketball is a game where I believe the eye test tells so much more than stats. I knows stats and facts are what people hang their hat on, but not me. If a guy is performing, you can see it. Thank you for the support, and look forward to talking more with you. Just catch me on twitter if you like @StephenA1181. I’m always around there ready to talk anything.