Slick Watts is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. His career in the NBA spanned seven years. In these years, he played with the Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Jazz, and the Houston Rockets. He also played in the Eastern Basketball Association in 1980.

Player Profile and High School and College Career

Donald Earl “Slick” Watts was born on July 22, 1951, in Rolling Fork, Mississippi in the United States. He stands 185 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 79 kg. He got the nickname ‘Slick’ because he shaved his head.

He attended the Henry Weather High School in his hometown of Rolling Fork. Later, he played collegiate basketball for Grand View University from 1969 to 1970 before moving to play for Xavier University Louisiana from 1970 to 1973.

Position Point Guard
Height / weight 1.85 m / 79 kg
Born 22 Jul 1951
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Slick
Team History
Anchorage Northern Knights 1980
Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 1978 - 1979
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle SuperSonics 1973 - 1978
New Orleans Jazz New Orleans Jazz 1978

While in college, he helped lead the Gold Rush team to two NAIA District 30 Championships. He was teammates with Bruce Seals and was coached by Bob Hopkins.

Professional Career

He declared for the 1973 NBA Draft but went undrafted. With his Bob Hopkins connection, Watts managed to sign with the Seattle SuperSonics. He played with the team from 1973 to 1978. In 1976, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and he was the NBA Assists Leader and the NBA steals leader for that year.

In 1978, he signed for a short time with the then-New Orleans Jazz, and from 1978 to 1979, he played for the Houston Rockets. Before retiring in 1980, he played for the Anchorage Northern Knights in the Eastern Basketball Association.

Career Highlights

  • 1976 - NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • 1976 - NBA assists leader
  • 1976 - NBA steals leader

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