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Drafted: No. 51 Overall
Position: Small Forward
Height/Weight: 6’7’’, 215 lbs
Unless Kris Joseph comes into training camp shooting lights out, he’s going to have to earn his spot on this Celtics team. It’s unlikely that he’ll see significant time early in the season, so his job will be to surprise us.
Joseph should make the most of his opportunities and do his best to impress Doc Rivers. When inserted into the game, he needs to make smart passes, set good screens and try to look as sound as possible.
Joseph was Syracuse’s leading scorer last season and is a decent shooter from the field. If he can hit a couple of three-pointers early, that could boost his confidence and improve his overall game.
Learn from “The Truth”
While Sullinger and Melo can learn a few things from Garnett, Joseph can pick up some pointers from Paul Pierce.
Pierce has been a focal point of the Boston offense and defense for the duration of his career and as a rookie in the league, Joseph needs to pay attention. He isn’t going to have many opportunities like this, and if Ray Allen decides to come back to the Celtics, he really will have it made.
There isn’t a lot of depth at small forward for the future once Pierce retires, and Joseph could be that guy if he’s lucky. For the time being, he should do his best to learn as much as possible from his veteran teammates.