The Indiana Pacers haven’t exactly started their run in the NBA preseason with a lot of positives overall. They sit with an 0-3 record over their first week of action and they have had some struggles as a team. Danny Granger’s return to action has been a rough ride thus far, as has integrating many of their new pieces into their system.
However, C.J. Watson is not one of the pieces that has struggled getting accustomed to playing as a Pacers reserve. In fact, Watson has been fantastic coming off of the bench in limited minutes for Indiana in the preseason.
Through three games, Watson is averaging 8.7 points, 0.7 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 17 minutes per game off of the bench. Moreover, Watson has shot a solid 7-12 from the field, 5-7 from long-range, and 7-8 from the charity stripe.
After suffering through last season with D.J. Augustin playing the majority of the minutes at backup point guard and all of the missed open shots that came along with that, having a guard like Watson in tow is a huge advantage for the Pacers. Watson certainly isn’t a great defender, but he’s solid in that regard and his ability to score in a variety of ways makes his defense a little less important.
If Watson can continue the type of play that he’s shown in the preseason in the regular season, he’ll absolutely be an asset to what figures to be a potentially contending Pacers team. As a whole, Indiana is still working out the kinks in their team game, which is really what the preseason is for. Watson, however, is already looking like he’s in midseason form, or how the Pacers should hope midseason form looks.