My original assessment of Earl Watson during the Trade series of articles:
Point Guard Earl Watson 6ft 1in – He is great off the bench, and offers veteran leadership for the second unit. However injuries could potentially hamper him from producing. When healthy he puts up solid numbers for a backup. His 1 year $2,000,000.00 salary makes him an asset when healthy. His trade value – C, value as a player for the Jazz – B, likely hood of being traded – C
In a recent poll taken by Purple and Blues, on what one year contract people would like to see resigned, Earl Watson was having a tough time getting off the bottom of the list. There is no question that Earl brings veteran experience and tenacity. He brings the same type of hard nose basketball attitude that Matt Harping and a younger Raja Bell used to bring to the team.
Though I like what Earl Watson brings to the team, re-signing him will be a tough decision for the Jazz. He is one of the few Jazz players that haven’t excelled so far this year. So far he is averaging a career low 2.0 points per game, 57 total points on the season. Even with 24 steals and 5 blocks on the season, it is tough seeing him be able to meet his numbers from last year. He is having a tough time in the system the Jazz currently have in place, primarily focuses on posting up and outside shooting. Earl doesn’t do either, his best shot selection is within a few feet of the key.
Despite the bleak first half of the season for Earl, everything can change in a heartbeat. If we trade “Big” Al Jefferson, and Millsap, Earl could become an invaluable asset with both his leadership and his inside shooting.