The NBA is widely considered to be the best professional basketball league in the world. It’s home to some of the biggest names in basketball and is also a very profitable business venture for its owners. The players don’t exactly get paid peanuts, either. Last season alone, the average salary for an NBA player was $2.6 million. But that doesn’t mean anyone who plays basketball for a living can become rich and famous by joining the NBA. In fact, there are thousands of players who would give anything to hit the court as an NBA player — but just aren’t good enough to make it happen. However, there are a select few who have what it takes to make it big in the world of professional basketball…
Jaylen Watson: the rising star with a bright future
Most people know that basketball is a very physically demanding sport, but few people know just how physically demanding. It’s a brutal game, and the average career length is just three years.
It’s a brutal lifestyle and an even harsher reality for the thousands of aspiring players who will never make it to the NBA. Jaylen Watson is one of those unfortunate players, but he’s an incredibly gifted player who had the misfortune of being born 30 years too early.
Basics: Who is Jaylen Watson?
Jaylen Watson is a 25-year-old basketball player who was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he studied business. After just one season with the Arkansas Razorbacks, he declared for the 2018 NBA draft. He went undrafted but was signed by the NBA G-League’s Northern Arizona Suns, where he played for one season. He was traded to the Delaware Blue Crabs midway through the season and will play for them in the upcoming season.
Career so far
Jaylen Watson’s short career started with a bang when he played one season for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He averaged a whopping 21.2 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-SEC First Team for his efforts. His impressive performance in college, combined with his 6-9 stature, meant he had a lot of fans hoping he’d be drafted by an NBA team. Unfortunately, he wasn’t selected in the 2018 NBA draft, but he did receive offers from a number of NBA G-League teams. Jaylen Watson signed a two-way contract with the Northern Arizona Suns, where he would play half of his games in the G-League and the other with the Suns’ NBA team. Jaylen Watson’s time in the G-League was a success as he averaged 16.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game, but his time in the NBA was less than stellar. He only managed to play two games for the Suns.
What’s next for Jaylen Watson?
Jaylen Watson’s performance in the G-League was enough to earn him a full-time contract with the Northern Arizona Suns and a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns. His contract with the Suns runs through the 2020-21 NBA season, and he is expected to play a key role in the Suns’ success next season. When the Suns’ season ends, Watson will return to the Northern Arizona Suns, where he will once again play one game in the G-League, and the other with the Suns’ G-League team.
Jaylen Watson’s NBA career may have been short, but it was certainly profitable, and he made a lot of new fans along the way. He’s a talented player who is expected to play a big role in the success of the Northern Arizona Suns over the next few seasons, and given the Suns’ recent success, that’s great news for basketball fans.