NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse SF Kris Joseph
|06.16.12 at 10:15 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Small forward
Weight: 215 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-Big East first team, 2012 Wooden Award finalist, 2012 Naismith Trophy finalist, 2010 Big East Sixth Man Award
What he brings: Joseph may not be the quickest forward in the draft, but he showed his worth in scoring through a four-year career with Syracuse. When the Orange went 34-3 in 2011-12, the small forward led his team in points. He averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game, had a field goal conversion rate of 42.1 percent and grabbed 4.7 rebounds per game.
Joseph also has the ability to find the free throw line and turn those chances into points. He took a team-high 157 shots from the line, finishing the season with a 74.5 percent conversion rate.
The 496 points he recorded his senior season helped him become a member of Syracuse’s 1,000-point club.
Where the Celtics could get him: Joseph is projected to go late in the first round, so the Celtics should have the option to use one of their two first-round picks on him.
Notes: Growing up in Montreal, Joseph played basketball in his house with his older brother, Maurice (who played two years at Vermont after transferring from Michigan State). Kris moved to Washington, D.C., after his sophomore year of high school to improve his basketball portfolio. … Joseph’s role with Syracuse increased over the course of his career, as he didn’t start many games as a freshman or a sophomore. Starting 37 games as a senior, he came a long way from the sophomore who started just four of 35 games.
Video: Here’s a mix of Joseph highlights.