Though former Indiana player Christian Watford has yet to play any significant time in the NBA, news has broke that he will be participating in his third straight NBA Summer League this summer. This time, Watford will be playing with the Indiana Pacers in hopes of landing a spot in the NBA long-term.
Watford played four seasons at Indiana from 2009 to 2013. During this time, Watford played in a total of 132 games including more than 30 games in three different seasons. His best year in Bloomington was arguably the 2012-13 season where he averaged 28 minutes, 12.3 points, and 6.3 rebounds per game. In that season, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten outright and were a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Since his time in Bloomington, Watford has alternated between NBA Summer Leagues and international play. In Summer League play of 2013, he played for the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers. Following this, he headed overseas and played with Hapoel Eilat of Israel, averaging 9.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
After his season with Hapoel Eilat, Watford once again returned to the NBA Summer League. In 2014, he played with the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors. He actually was able to get picked up by the Boston Celtics before the season, but was ultimately waived in October. He then played for the Maine Red Claws and Reno Bighorns before being waived by Reno.
Though Watford is certainly not assured of landing on an NBA roster next season, he certainly should have an opportunity to prove himself this summer. The Pacers could be a tough roster to crack, but perhaps another team will be interested and sign Watford.