Peyton Watson Bio: Family, Contracts & Net Worth

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Known for his incredible athleticism and all-around prowess on the court, Peyton Watson is a rising star in basketball. But Peyton’s love for the game wasn’t born overnight – it was instilled in him from a tender age by his father, a former player and coach.

With proper coaching, dedication, and god-gifted skills, Peyton had an impressive high school and college basketball career gathering a fantastic collection of awards and accolades, including McDonald’s All-American, Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, and so on.

And now, this 21-year-old talented player is playing for Denver Nuggets in the NBA and is on his journey to becoming one of the most famous names in the NBA landscape.

Peyton Watson For Denver
Peyton Watson For Denver (Source: Instagram)

So far, the rookie has been performing amazingly on the court. On 12 March 2023, he scored a game-high 37 points in a 121-119 loss to the Raptors and shot a solid 60.9 percent from the field. 

But was Peyton Watson drafted directly after high school, or he attended college? Read till the end to figure it out.

Furthermore, this article will discuss his personal life, childhood, net worth, and more. But before that, let’s take a glance at his quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Peyton Tyler Watson
Nickname Peyton
Date of Birth September 11, 2002
Age 21 Years Old
Birth Place Long Beach, California
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Height 6 feet 7 inches/2.01 m/201 cm
Weight 180 lbs/82 kg
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Father’s Name Julio Watson
Mother’s Name Antoinette Watson
Siblings Two: Christian Watson (brother) and Jolie Grace (sister)
High School Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Education University Drop out
University University of California (UCLA)
Relationship Status Not available
Profession Basketball player
Position Small forward
Leagues NBA, NBA G League
NBA Draft 2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30/Oklahoma City Thunder
Debut Year 2022
Playing Teams
  • Denver Nuggets (2022- present)
  • Grand Rapids Gold (2022 – present)
Jersey Number No. 8 (Denver Nuggets)
Awards and Achievements
  • Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
  • McDonald’s All-American 
  • Moore League Most Valuable Player (MVP)
  • Gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Under-19 World Cup
Net Worth Estimated $1 – $5 Million
Social Media Twitter, Instagram
Last Update June 2024

Early Life

Peyton Tyler Watson was born on September 11, 2002, in the bustling city of Long Beach, California. He is the firstborn of his parents, Julio Watson and Antoinette Watson.

He has two siblings, a younger brother named Christian Watson, who plays basketball at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and a younger sister named Jolie Grace.

Peyton Watson with his father and mother
Peyton Watson With His Father, Julio Watson, and Mother, Antoinette Watson (Source: Twitter)

Peyton’s mother, Antoinette, works as an event planner, while his father, Julio, is a medical device representative. His father is a former basketball player and basketball coach for the Eastman Eagles.

Peyton’s father inspired him to play basketball, and he started playing at the tender age of two. Initially, he played at the YMCA team in Lakewood before joining the Eastman team when he was eight or nine.

After completing the eighth grade at St. Barnabas School, Watson enrolled at Poly High School, where he joined the varsity team as a freshman.

Age, Height, & Weight

As of 2024, Peyton Watson is 21 years old. Since he was born in September, he is a Virgo.

Furthermore, he was born in California, USA, and identifies himself as an American of African-American ethnicity.

For his physical attributes, Peyton has a perfect body for an athlete with a height standing at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) and weighing 180 lbs (82 kg).

Early Career of Peyton Watson

Peyton Watson started playing as a bench player on his high school basketball team. However, he quickly proved his worth and rose to become a leading player on the team in his junior season.

Watson earned some recognition in high school, earning him Moore League MVP honors. He was also selected for the McDonald’s All-American, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit.

Peyton Watson playing for UCLA
Peyton Watson Playing for UCLA (Source: NBA Big Board)

These achievements made him a consensus five-star recruit, and he received scholarships from Arizona, Gonzaga, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington. However, he committed to playing college basketball at UCLA.

Watson also showed his incredible skills in college, where he received an honorable mention for the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. After one year of his college career, he declared for the 2022 NBA Draft to embark on his professional career.

Professional Career

In the 2022 NBA Draft, Watson was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round with the 30th overall pick.

However, he was then traded to the Denver Nuggets. He currently splits his time between Nuggets and its G League affiliate Grand Rapids Gold.

National Career

Watson was part of the gold-winning team representing the USA at the 2021 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Latvia.

Peyton Watson along with his teammates winning gold medal at USA U19 FIBA world cup (Source - Pac-12)
Peyton Watson, Along With his Teammates, After Winning the Gold Medal at the USA U19 FIBA World Cup (Source: Pac-12)

Watson had a huge role in the team’s victory against Canada in the finale. He had averaged 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. Overall, the USA team won the gold medal with a score of 92-86.

Awards & Achievements of Peyton Watson

Despite being a rookie in his career, Peyton Watson has already won several awards and achievements, including:

  • Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
  • McDonald’s All-American game selection
  • Jordan Brand Classic selection
  • Nike Hoop Summit selection
  • California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Player of the Year
  • Moore League Most Valuable Player (MVP)
  • Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year
  • MaxPreps California Player of the Year
  • USA Today All-USA California Boys Basketball Team selection
  • All-CIF Division 1AA first-team selection
  • Gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

Girlfriend & Relationship

Unfortunately, there is no public information about Peyton’s girlfriend or rumors. It seems like he is in a relationship with his career for the time being. But stay tuned; we will update you if we hear anything.

Net Worth & Salary 

There is no exact information on Petyon Watson’s net worth since he is just a rookie. However, based on his current contract and earnings, it can be estimated that his net worth is anywhere between $1 – $5 million.

According to sportrac, on 3 July 2022, Watson signed a 4-year contract with the Denver Nuggets worth $11,267,516. His average annual salary is around $2.8 million.

Interesting Facts About Peyton Watson

  • ESPN ranked Peyton Watson as the 16th overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting class.
  • Watson was the first player from Long Beach Poly to be named Moore League MVP since Jordan Bell in 2013.
  • Off the court, Watson is known for his love of fashion and has been seen wearing some unique and stylish outfits.
  • Watson’s favorite professional basketball players are Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Was Peyton Watson traded off?

Yes, Peyton was selected by Oklahoma City Thunder but was traded off to Denver Nuggets in exchange for JaMychal Green and a 2027 protected first-round draft pick.

Does Peyton Watson have a wide wingspan?

Yes, Peyton has a wingspan of 7-0.5 and 9-foot standing reach. With a height of 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), Peyton is well known for his NBA athleticism and great size, which can be his competitive advantage on the court.

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