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Donald Earl "Slick" Watts (born July 22, 1951) is an American former basketball player.<ref name="br">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Watts was not selected by any team in the 1973 NBA Draft, but his coach at Xavier University of Louisiana was a cousin of Bill Russell, who was the coach and general manager for the Seattle SuperSonics. Russell gave Watts a tryout, and he signed with the SuperSonics as a free agent. After making the roster for the 1973–74 season as a reserve, he played more frequently the following season and became a starter for the 1975–76 season.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> That season, he led the NBA in total assists, assists per game, total steals, steals per game, and made NBA All-Defense First-Team.<ref name="br"/>

In 1976, Watts also received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his outstanding service to the community.<ref name="youngest">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Watts' career declined after 1976, however,<ref name="youngest"/> and he retired from the league after six seasons. He played 4½ years with the Sonics, half a season with the New Orleans Jazz, and one season with the Houston Rockets.<ref name="br"/>

He picked up the nickname "Slick" because he was one of the first players to shave his head, unusual at the time.

After his playing career, Watts became a physical education teacher at Dearborn Park elementary school and a basketball coach at Franklin High School in the Seattle area and took up tennis.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> In 2001, Watts spent 22 days in a hospital with sarcoidosis, which caused his weight to drop by almost 50 pounds before his condition improved.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


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Donald Earl "Slick" Watts (born July 22, 1951) is an American former basketball player.<ref name="br">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Watts was not selected by any team in the 1973 NBA Draft, but his coach at Xavier University of Louisiana was a cousin of Bill Russell, who was the coach and general manager for the Seattle SuperSonics. Russell gave Watts a tryout, and he signed with the SuperSonics as a free agent. After making the roster for the 1973–74 season as a reserve, he played more frequently the following season and became a starter for the 1975–76 season.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> That season, he led the NBA in total assists, assists per game, total steals, steals per game, and made NBA All-Defense First-Team.<ref name="br"/>

In 1976, Watts also received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his outstanding service to the community.<ref name="youngest">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Watts' career declined after 1976, however,<ref name="youngest"/> and he retired from the league after six seasons. He played 4½ years with the Sonics, half a season with the New Orleans Jazz, and one season with the Houston Rockets.<ref name="br"/>

He picked up the nickname "Slick" because he was one of the first players to shave his head, unusual at the time.

After his playing career, Watts became a physical education teacher at Dearborn Park elementary school and a basketball coach at Franklin High School in the Seattle area and took up tennis.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> In 2001, Watts spent 22 days in a hospital with sarcoidosis, which caused his weight to drop by almost 50 pounds before his condition improved.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


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