Donald “Slick” WattsBasketball Player
An NAIA All-American and a first-team NBA All-Defensive selection . . . A 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard who averaged 18.3 points and 3.5 assists per game during a three-season career at Xavier University (1970-73), earned All-America honors as a junior and helped the Gold Rush post back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the late 1930s . . . Xavier won NAIA District 30 championships his junior and senior seasons and reached the NAIA national quarterfinals his senior year after a second-round upset of top-seeded and unbeaten Sam Houston State . . . An undrafted free agent who played six NBA seasons and led the league in assists, assists per game, steals and steals per game with Seattle in his third season (1975-76) en route to making the All-Defensive team . . . That same season he was the second winner of the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for exemplary community service . . . The first of four players to lead the NBA in assists per game and steals per game in the same season . . . Ranked second in assists and third in steals in 1976-77 . . . Averaged 8.9 points as a pro and ranks eighth in NBA career steals per game with 2.2 and 45th with 6.1 assists per game . . . Played 4½ seasons with the SuperSonics, half a season with the New Orleans Jazz and one season with Houston before retiring in 1979 because of injuries . . . First Xavier player inducted into the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (1991) and the 18th-leading vote-getter on the LABC All-Louisiana Team of the Century . . . Credited by NBA.com as the “first NBA player to turn a bald head into a fashion statement.” . . . In 2004 ESPN ranked Watts 13th among the “coolest athletes of all time.” . . . In 2007 he was named to the SuperSonics’ 16-member 40th-anniversary team.
2004 Seattle Times feature story: Still Slick on a different hardwood