Indiana Pacers: C.J. Watson is Minor Upgrade Over D.J. Augustin

By Ryan Heckman


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The Indiana Pacers have quietly upgraded their roster this offseason by bringing in a couple of overlooked names on the market in both Chris Copeland, formerly of the New York Knicks and C.J. Watson from the Brooklyn Nets. Specifically, Watson, is the Pacers’ effort to upgrade the backup point guard position that struggled mightily last season.

D.J. Augustin was the closest thing to horrendous you could find on the Pacers roster last year. He took way too many terrible shots, sometimes coming at the worst possible times. Augustin finished the season with a PER of only 11.04, largely in part due to his shooting 35 percent overall from the floor.

Well, Indiana attempted to address that issue by bringing in Watson — really their best option with the kind of money they had left over at that point.

Watson has been around the NBA for six years now, playing for Brooklyn as well as the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors.

He is a serviceable backup that can bring a bit more to the table, scoring-wise. Last season he shot his best percentage from long distance as a pro at 41 percent beyond the arc.

Watson is a bit more well-rounded overall, despite having averaged less minutes per game in his career than Augustin. He’s going to get his teammates involved on a more regular basis, but again most importantly is his ability to score.

You may remember at times when Derrick Rose was hurt two years ago, Watson came in and secured huge victories against the Miami Heat by knocking down crucial shots in crunch time. But then again, he could be blamed for a few pretty tough losses including one against the Heat as well.

In the end, Pacers fans should be happy about the bit of improvement they have made to their bench, specifically at point guard. Augustin was a big reason why the Pacers just could not get over the hump against the Heat last year, as he provided little to nothing in his time on the court. Watson should surely help address that need.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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