Surprise player? That's elementary, Watson


C.J. Watson might turn out to be one of the offseason's biggest bargains.

Watson started 25 games for the Chicago Bulls last season after No. 1 point guard Derrick Rose went down, and averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists.

The Brooklyn Nets, who signed Watson to a two-year contract in the offseason, will be paying the 28-year-old the veteran's minimum in 2012-13. But if the preseason is any indication, Watson's worth a whole lot more.

He's fast, excels in transition and can make tough shots.

"He's been better than we expected," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "He's good at what he does. He knows what he's doing on the floor."

Watson, whose nickname is "Quietstorm," should see a lot of time on the court with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. If Williams' inflamed left ankle causes him to miss any time, Watson is more than capable of starting.

"I've always been a C.J. Watson fan," Williams said. "I think he had his career high against me before, so I know what he can do.

"He's somebody that when I go out of the game is going to pick up the slack, and we can also play together."