Slick Watts
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Slick Watts
Slick Watts
Personal information
Born (1951-07-22) July 22, 1951 (age 68)
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolHenry Weather
(Rolling Fork, Mississippi)
College
NBA draft1973 / Undrafted
Playing career1973-1979
PositionGuard
Number13, 14, 00
Career history
1973-1978Seattle SuperSonics
1978New Orleans Jazz
1978-1979Houston Rockets
1980Anchorage 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[1]

In 1976, Watts also received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his outstanding service to the community.[3]

Watts' career declined after 1976, however,[3] 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.[1]

He picked up the nickname "Slick" because he was one of the first players to shave his head, unusual at the time. He was also known for wearing his headband off-center.[]

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.[4] 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.[5]

NBA career statistics

* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1973-74 Seattle 62 - 23.0 .388 - .645 2.9 5.7 1.9 0.2 8.0
1974-75 Seattle 82 - 25.1 .421 - .608 3.2 6.1 2.3 0.1 6.8
1975-76 Seattle 82 - 33.9 .427 - .578 4.5 8.1* 3.2* 0.2 13.0
1976-77 Seattle 79 - 33.3 .422 - .587 3.9 8.0 2.7 0.3 13.0
1977-78 Seattle 32 - 25.3 .404 - .566 2.5 4.2 1.7 0.4 7.8
1977-78 New Orleans 39 - 19.9 .381 - .602 2.5 4.1 1.4 0.4 7.2
1978-79 Houston 61 - 17.1 .405 - .612 1.7 4.0 1.2 0.2 3.7
Career 437 - 26.3 .413 - .597 3.2 6.1 2.2 0.3 8.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1975 Seattle 9 - 31.3 .462 - .538 3.7 7.1 3.0 0.4 11.1
1976 Seattle 6 - 32.8 .435 - .478 3.0 8.2 2.0 0.3 11.8
1979 Houston 2 - 21.5 .400 - .667 3.5 3.5 2.0 0.5 7.0
Career 17 - 30.7 .446 - .519 3.4 7.1 2.5 0.4 10.9

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Slick Watts". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Watts Is Too Slick To Stay On SuperSonics' Bench Long". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. 1976-03-04. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Vescey, George (1987-02-08). "Sports Of The Times; The Youngest Old-Timer". The New York Times. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Weaver, Mike (1983-10-28). "Tennis helped 'Slick' Watts slide out of basketball". Tri City Herald. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Jenks, Jayson (2017-05-17). "Slick Watts at 65: Forever a Sonic, famously accessible". The Seattle Times. Retrieved .

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