PERSONAL: Full name is Charles Akeem Watson, Jr...Is the son of Charles and Cathy Watson...Has one brother, Kashif Watson, and one sister, Vonyetta Brooks...Has a daughter, Ayanna Watson...Received the nickname C.J. from his father when he was a young child...Also recieved the nickname Quiet Storm from his sister...Along with his family, started the Quiet Storm Foundation earlier this year, a public non-profit organization whose mission is to provide positive educational and recreational opportunities to youth, particularly those who are disadvantaged...The Quiet Storm Foundation provides academic scholarships, educational incentives, books, field trips, tickets, and clothes to those less fortunate...On an annual basis the Quiet Storm Foundation has sponsored Hoops for Hope, a community program held with youth in Las Vegas, Nevada...Teamed with Southwest Airlilnes to hold the C.J. Watson Essay Contest during the 2008-09 season, in which two fifth graders from W.P. Williams Elementary School in Watson’s hometown of Las Vegas were rewarded for their winning essays about an event in black history that they felt most changed or influenced America’s way of life with an all-expenses paid trip to Oakland to see the Warriors play...For the 2009-10 season, purchased 25 tickets to every home game and donated those tickets to various children’s groups, with the groups sitting in his special “C.J.’s Quiet Storm” section...In previous seasons, has visited a local Boys & Girls Club, made an appearance at a session of Warriors Basketball Camp and took part in the Oracle Basketball Clinic at the Warriors Practice Facility...Majored in psychology at Tennessee and took classes this past summer in pursuit of his degree...Was named the two-time Nevada state Player of the Year in high school and helped lead Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas to a pair of state championships...Enjoys reading, yoga, golf, bowling and playing Nintendo Wii in his spare time...Collects basketball cards and sneakers...Lists his parents and grandparents as the people he admires most...If he could steal any former player’s patent move, it would be Tim Hardaway’s “killer crossover”...Is a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and New York Yankees.
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Played the 2006-07 season in Europe, spending time in Italy & Greece ... Started the campaign with Bipop-Carire Reggie Emilia in Italy, averaging 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17 games ... In five games with PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece, averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 assists in five games.
D-LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS: In 16 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, averaged 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.38 steals in 38.1 minutes per contest ... Shot 50.6% (128-253 FG) from the field, 40.0% (18-45 3FG) from three-point range and 89.9% (149-166 FT) from the free throw line ... At the time of his call-up, ranked third in the D-League in scoring, having scored 20-or-more points 14 times with six 30-plus efforts and one 40-point performance, while also ranking fifth in assists ... Was named the NBA Development League Player of the Month for December.
2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS & RIO GRANDE (D-LEAGUE): Appeared in 32 games with Golden State, averaging 3.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 9.5 minutes ... In five games when playing 20-plus minutes, averaged 10.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.40 steals ... Reached double-figure scoring four times ... 15 DNP-CD.
2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE: Appeared in 77 games (18 starts), averaging 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.5 minutes. ..Started 18 games and averaged 14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 36.2 minutes...Played 25-plus minutes in 36 games, averaging 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in those contests...Scored career-high 38 points and shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line in a win at Utah (4/11), marking the most points ever scored in an NBA game by a former D-League player...Reached double-figures in scoring 35 times...20-plus points four times...30-plus once...Two-plus steals 24 times...Missed two games due to injury and one due to personal reasons...Two DNP-CD.
2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE: Appeared in 65 games (15 starts), and averaged 10.3 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.6 rpg and 1.58 spg … averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes while shooting a career-high .468 from the field … made 15 starts, and posted 15.4 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.8 rpg, and 2.13 spg in 38.8 mpg … scored a career-high 40 points versus. SAC (02/17) … posted the highest assist-to-turnover ratio on the team with 2.5 assists per turnover … recorded multiple steals on 29 occasions, including a career-high seven thefts versus BOS (12/28) … scored 20-plus points in three straight games (02/16-02/19), the first time in his career he had accomplished this run … scored in double-figures 32 times, including 20-plus points seven times, and one game with 40 points … missed 14 games due to injury/illness (six games with fractured ribs, five games with the flu and four games with a laceration on his right hand) … registered two DNP-CDs.
2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CHICAGO: He appeared in all 82 regular season games (one start) and averaged 4.9 ppg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 rpg, 0.67 spg, 13.3 mpg and shot .371 from the field, .393 from behind the arc and .742 from the line … led the Bulls in scoring once and in assists three times … posted six games with 10-plus points scored, including one game with 33 points … finished with eight points, a team-high six assists and four boards in 18:30 against NJ (04/13) … scored 13 points and added four assists at MIN (03/30) … posted eight points, six assists and three boards at ATL (03/22) … tallied 11 points and seven assists versus SAC (03/21) … posted 16 points, eight assists and five boards versus UTH (03/12) … scored 14 points in 18:50 versus PHI (12/21) … in his lone start of the year at DEN (11/26), he posted a game-high 33 points … scored 13 points at DAL (11/19) … 2011 Playoffs: Played in 16 games and averaged 3.2 ppg, 1.9 apg, 0.9 rpg, 8.5 mpg, .339 shooting from the field, .200 from behind the arc and .909 from the line.
2012-13: In 80 games (eight starts), averaged 6.8 points and 2.0 assists, while shooting a team leading .411 from three point range (88-214)… Scored in double figures 20 times… Led the team in assists three times (all ties), steals 16 times (14 ties) and blocks four times (three ties)… Made 4-4 three-pointers for 12 points and dished out a season-high seven assists at CLE 4/3… Recorded 22 points, four assists and five rebounds at UTA 3/30… Scored 14 points, recorded seven rebounds and shot 7-7 from the free throw line at PHX 3/24… Tallied 17 points with five assists and four rebounds vs. HOU 2/22… Scored 17 points with three steals and six assists at MIL 2/20… Scored a season-high 25 points, with six assists vs. DEN 2/13… Scored 14 points with three rebounds at MIN 1/23… Had 16 points and a season-high six rebounds at TOR 12/12… In his franchise debut, led the bench with 15 points on 6-9 shooting, going 3-4 from distance with a career-high-tying two blocks vs. TOR 11/3… DNP – Coach’s Decision (2).
NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Was not drafted by the NBA in the 2006 NBA Draft out of Tennessee...Played one season in Europe before joining the NBA Development League. ..Signed by Golden State as a free-agent call-up from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League on January 8, 2008. ..Re-signed by Golden State as a restricted free-agent on September 9, 2009. ..Enters 2009-10 owning career averages of 7.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 20.7 minutes (109 games over two seasons with Golden State).