Earl Watson Bio: Career & Net Worth

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Earl Watson is one renowned name in the world of basketball. But, from a basketball player to a basketball coach, his way to success has not been easy.

Nonetheless, whatever Earl has earned either name and fame or money, all because of his hard work.

Earl is a success story and a source of motivation to youths.

Earl Watson
Earl Watson (Source: Instagram)

Now, the question is, how did an ordinary boy born in Kansas City become a big name in NBA?

To know the answer to the question, you would have to stick with us till the last of this article.

But before proceeding with our article, without wasting any time, let us instantly glance at the quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Earl Joseph Watson Jr.
Birth Date June 12, 1979
Birth Place Kansas City, United States
Famous As Earl Watson
Age 44
Nationality American 
Ethnicity Hispanic
Religion  Christianity 
  • Washington High School
  • University of California
Horoscope Gemini 
Father’s Name Earl Watson Sr.
Mother’s Name Estella Watson




  • LaToya Watson
  • Victor Hooks
  • Robert Hooks
  • Fernando Hooks
  • Ryan Hooks
  • Joseph Hooks
  • Dwayne Hooks
Height 6 feet 1 inch (185cm)
Weight 99 kg (190 lb)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic 
Sexual Orientation  Straight 
Marital Status Divorced 
Ex-Wife Jennifer Freeman
Children Isabella Amora Watson
Profession Former Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Affiliation  NBA
NBA Debut 2001
Position  Point Guard
Coaching Career 2014
Career Earnings $16 Million 
Salary $1.4 Million 
Merch NBA Mascot Toronto Raptors
Social Media Instagram, Twitter 
Last Update February 2022

Earl Watson: Early Life

Earl Joseph Watson Jr., also known as Earl Watson, was born in Kansas City, Kansas, the United States, on June 12, 1979.

He was born to Earl Sr. (father) and Estella Watson (mother). Earl’s father was an African-American, and his mother was Mexican-American.

Earl had an average childhood, and his parents gave him the best life. But, including Earl, his parents had seven kids, and their education and daily necessities were very tough for them to look after seven kids.

But the best part is Earl’s parents always motivated him and let him do whatever he wanted to, which helped Earl be the person he is today.

Earl Watson: Amateur Career

Likewise, he went to Washington High School in his hometown. He even scored an average of 8.3 assists and 23.4 points in his senior year.

After graduating from Kansas High School, he joined UCLA. Even though he loved basketball from an early age, he did not take it seriously until he joined UCLA.

After 1979 Earl and Baron Davis were the first two freshmen to start at UCLA.

Earl Watson and his basketball.
Earl Watson, during one of the NBA matches, showed his skills. (Source: Sports News)

With Earl’s magnificent basketball skills, he became one of UCLA’s most preferred and loved players.

At last, he finished his journey in UCLA with an average of 14.7 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.7 rebounds.

He even won first-team All-Pac-10 honors during his senior year. After he completed his education, his professional career started.

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Earl Watson: Professional Career

Every basketball player has one dream: to be a part of the NBA, and Earl was no exception. Finally, in 2001 his dream came true, and he got drafted in the 2001 NBA from the SuperSonics.

However, Earl was with Supersonics for only one year; after that, he joined Memphis Grizzles in 2005, but he could not achieve much there, so he joined Denver Nuggets in 2005.

After so many average years, he finally recorded his first-ever triple-double in a game against the Sacramento Kings in 2008 from Oklahoma City Thunder.

Similarly, we can consider 2008 the best year for Earl in terms of his career because, in the same year, he logged 23 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists in just 32 minutes.

It was so special for Watson as it was Seattle’s first triple-double since 2004. However, after 2008 he could not do much in his career rather than joining different teams.

From 2009 to 2014, he became part of different teams like Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, and Portland Trail Blazers, but no team could give him enough recognition as he wanted.

So, in 2014, after a series of average games and losses, Watson finally decided to retire from his thirteen-year-long NBA career.

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Coaching Career

Even though Watson retired from basketball, he could not stay away from basketball for a long time. So he decided to make a comeback but differently as a coach this time.

First, he became an assistant coach of Austin Spurs, the NBA D-League team. He was in Austin for only a year, and in 2015, he joined Phoenix Sun.

But due to poor performance in the first half of the season, Sun decided to fire their head coach Jeff Hornacek and after Jeff god fired, Sun appointed Watson as their head coach.

Soon after Watson was appointed as the head coach, Suns got their first victory of that season in 2016, and he again won another match against Memphis, the last team he played for.

Due to Watson’s impressive winning streak, Sun again decided to keep him as their head coach for the next season.

Elite player, Earl Watson
Elite player, Earl Watson

With Watson’s appointment as the head coach, he became the second-youngest coach in NBA.

Likewise, he also became the first-ever coach in the NBA of Hispanic descent. At first, Watson improved the Suns'” strategies and their way of playing. After that, he shifted the team’s” focus on defense rather than offense.

Unfortunately, the 2018 season could be good for Watson. Out of three matches, Suns lost all the games and could not win any game, which was the worst record in franchise history.

So, Suns fired Watson in 2018 and hired Jay Triano in his place.

However, Earl did not stop working after being fired from the Suns; he worked as an NBA TV analyst and PAC 12 Network. He worked as an analyst for two years.

And finally, in 2021, Watson again made his comeback as an assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors.

Earl Watson: Net Worth

Indeed, working in NBA and being a part of the NBA for thirteen long years is not a joke. Undoubtedly, Earl has earned quite a good amount of money from his career.

Earl’s primary source of income is his NBA career, and it is expected that Earl has earned around $16 million throughout his career.

Likewise, he earns around $1.4 million every year as a salary. So, it is clear that Earl is living his best life.

He owns many exotic properties in the USA, and he is currently residing in LA, which has about 5000 sq. ft of living space and 5.5 bedrooms.

Besides, he sold one of his mansions in 2016 located in Encino for $3.4 million.

However, not much information has been found regarding his car collection and how he spends his money, but we will update you as soon as we find any information regarding it.

Earl Watson: Body Measurement

Earl is one good-looking man who fits the saying that a boy should be tall, dark, and handsome.

He stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 99 kg. 

Besides his height, his beautiful black eyes and black hair compliment his looks.

Apart from that, he has an athletic body type. So, he has to maintain his body to look fit and play efficiently. He follows a special diet to remain healthy.

Earl is an American by Nationality and Hispanic by ethnicity as his father is an African-American and his mother, a Mexican-American.

Earl Watson: Personal Life

Watson is a family man; he loves to spend time with his parents and daughter whenever he is not working.

Besides, he has not been as lucky as his career in his love life.

In 2009 he married Jennifer Freeman, but this marriage could not last long. As a result, Earl and Jennifer separated their ways in 2015.

Jennifer is a renowned actress and has been featured in  “My Wife and Kids.” Although Earl and Jennifer did not separate on good terms about their divorce, Earl accused Jennifer of attacking and assaulting him in 2014. 

Earl Watson and his family.
Earl Watson with his parents and siblings. (Source: Twitter)

After filing for divorce, Earl wanted full custody of their daughter. But later, Earl had a change of heart, and he took all the charges back and gave them a chance at their wedding.

That did not help, and Earl and Jennifer eventually divorced in 2015.

Now, they are both happy in their own lives and are their daughter’s good co-parents. Later in 2018, there were rumors of Earl dating Joy Taylor and getting engaged.

However, in 2019 Earl again made headlines after having a breakup with Joy. There are no rumors of Earl dating anyone, so we assume he is happily single.

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Social Media Presence

Earl Watson is active on both Instagram and Twitter. He has a huge fan following, and his fans are from all over the world.

He shares his family, training videos, and the NBA about his Instagram account. Besides, he is followed by more than 32k followers on Instagram.

Apart from that, he also has a Twitter account. Earl joined Twitter in 2011 and has made more than 9000 tweets till now. More than 33k people on Twitter follow Watson.

Nonetheless, if you want to know about Earl, you can find much information regarding him all over the internet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Earl Watson doing these days?

Watson is currently working as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.

What was the jersey number of Earl Watson?

In Earl Watson’s thirteen-year-long career, Earl has played for many teams, and his jersey number has changed with a change in the team. Likewise, for Indiana, Earl Watson’s jersey number was 2.

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Miss. KeCy

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