|Born||July 22, 1951|
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Henry Weather|
(Rolling Fork, Mississippi)
|NBA draft||1973 / Undrafted|
|Number||13, 14, 00|
|1978||New Orleans Jazz|
|1980||Anchorage Northern Knights|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Donald Earl "Slick" Watts (born July 22, 1951) is an American former basketball player.
Watts was not selected by any team in the 1973 NBA draft, but his coach at Xavier University of Louisiana was a cousin of Bill Russell, who was the coach and general manager for the Seattle SuperSonics. Russell gave Watts a tryout, and he signed with the SuperSonics as a free agent. After making the roster for the 1973-74 season as a reserve, he played more frequently the following season and became a starter for the 1975-76 season. That season, he led the NBA in total assists, assists per game, total steals, steals per game, and made NBA All-Defense First-Team. He was the first player to lead the league in assists and steals in the same season.
Watts' career declined after 1976, however, and he retired from the league after six seasons, due to injury. He played 4½ years with the Sonics, half a season with the New Orleans Jazz, and one season with the Houston Rockets.
After his playing career, Watts became a physical education teacher at Dearborn Park elementary school and a basketball coach at Franklin High School in the Seattle area and took up tennis. In 2001, Watts spent 22 days in a hospital with sarcoidosis, which caused his weight to drop by almost 50 pounds before his condition improved. He ended his post-basketball career teaching physical education for nearly 20 years at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in Seattle before retiring in 2017.
|*||Led the league|