Jamar Smith, Dionte Christmas, and Kris Joseph are all battling for what appears to be one open roster spot on this season’s Boston Celtics roster. Smith and Christmas have played the majority of their careers overseas, while Joseph was drafted in the 2nd round of this past NBA Draft. Who has the leg up on the competition?
It is hard to say as of now because training camp has just started so it is still difficult to judge each players strengths and weaknesses. Summer league is all well and good, but it is usually a tough barometer to tell if a player is ready or not. Training camp will be much more beneficial for head coach Doc Rivers and the rest of his staff to judge what they have on their hands.
Assuming there are no surprise cuts amongst the front court rotation, I think Joseph has the best chance to stick on the roster. He was a very productive player in college and has the body type to not only play a little on the perimeter, but bang around in the paint and absorb contact getting to the hoop. Christmas can do a little bit of everything, but might not offer the same versatility that Joseph can offer the team. Smith is primarily an outside shooter with not much else to look at on his resume thus far.
The other question is even if one of them makes the team, will they even play? At this point I highly doubt any would see meaningful minutes, but hey, stranger things have happened. Roughly eight years ago, the Celtics picked up JR Bremer seemingly out of nowhere and he ended up helping the team win a few games.
I think that Joseph has the leg up on the competition so far but you can bet Rivers will take a long hard look at who should help fill out his roster.
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