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Though the re-signing of veteran Earl Watson was overshadowed by the gambles Jazz GM Kevin O’Connor took on Josh Howard and Jamaal Tinsley, bringing Watson back has been the most important signing Utah’s front office made this offseason.
Affectionately referred to as “The Bulldog” by Jazz broadcasters Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring, Watson would be the player most Jazz fans would point to if the question of, "Who has been the best point guard for the Jazz thus far?" came up for discussion.
Watson's defensive savvy, leadership, and stellar play have all played a tremendous role in Utah’s surprising success. Basically, he is an ideal fit for the Jazz.
On offense, "The Bulldog" is a pass-first point guard who has also hit more than his fair share of clutch shots this season.
With Watson already on the roster, Utah has the luxury of dealing a guy like Devin Harris without the necessity of getting another point guard in return. Jamaal Tinsley appears to be more than competent enough to slide into the primary backup point guard role should Harris be dealt.