|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Texas G Cory Joseph||06.19.11 at 9:42 pm ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Weight: 185 pounds
Stats: 10.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3 apg
What he brings: Joseph is a guard built the same way as Rajon Rondo. He runs an offense through his passing, not his shooting, although he has demonstrated a shooter’s touch on occasion. He drained four or more 3-pointers three times as a freshman for Texas, and drained three in four other games. His defense is also similar to Rondo’s, in that both are very good at stealing. These similarities mean Joseph would have an excellent role model to learn from and emulate. Unlike Rondo, Joseph also is great at applying full-court pressure.
Where the Celtics could get him: Second round
What they’re saying: “Cory Joseph allows all the other pieces to fit. He allows [Dogus] Balbay to be Balby and Jordan [Hamilton] to be Jordan and J’Covan [Brown] to be J’Covan. He’s the one piece that’s there because he can stretch it, he can play the point, because he can guard a point guard or a 2. He’s big enough and strong enough to do a lot of things.” — Kansas coach Bill Self
Notes: Led the Longhorns in assists, 3-point percentage and steals as a freshman