I know the Pacers made the move to sign C.J. Watson this off season as a way to improve their back up production at the point guard position. But I don’t think he’s that much better than D.J. Augustin, who never panned out. I think with Augustin, he wanted to start, and that looked to be an issue as he just wasn’t very good in the bench role. But then he would go on to start some games, and looked like the D.J. Augustin that the Pacers actually thought they were signing.
Things got so bad for Augustin that Ben Hansbrough got some time in that backup point guard position. This is where the Pacers will need the most help this coming season, so hopefully Watson can provide some solid play. Solid play includes running the second unit to a consistent pattern. Keeping the game going in the right direction for the Pacers is what a back up point guard player. I know the Pacers didn’t have much money to play with regarding that position, so they had to do what they could to get someone in here to play.
Watson averages around 8 points a game, which is something that would be fantastic if he can get each time he’s out there playing. Maybe even some nights of double figures, which is what he averaged one season for the Golden State Warriors. The assists are right around 2.5 a game, which is fine for his play. The bigger picture to me is how the team looks when they’re out there playing in the second unit. Last season, the bench could lose leads quicker than anticipated, and at times the offense just really plodded along. The Pacers need to correct that and hopefully with Watson, Chris Copeland, and even Danny Granger coming off the bench things will be much better.