Kris Joseph Opts to Play in China; Could It Help Jump Start His NBA Career?

By Paul Seaver
Mark L. Baer-USA Today Sports

On Monday morning, news about Kris Joseph‘s latest move hit Twitter as the former Syracuse Orange star forward is headed to China. Joseph’s decision was first made public when Team Canada announced their latest hoops roster.

In just one full year at the NBA level, Joseph has had a rough go of things, having bounced back and forth between the league and the NBDL. After being drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, Joseph was cut by the Boston Celtics before reemerging with the Brooklyn Nets. Ironically enough, Joseph was re-acquired by the Celtics earlier this summer when Boston reached a blockbuster deal to send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn. Shortly thereafter, the team announced that they waived Joseph for a second time within the past year.

Now however, Joseph will pursue a different professional path, one that will take him halfway across the world to China. Joseph was intrigued in recent reports about playing in China simply because of their shortened season. In all, Joseph would have the chance to sign with an NBA squad later in the year if he can impress and stay on the radar. That however, is much easier said than done.

Joseph was a unique talent during his time on the collegiate level and he has the size to compete within the NBA ranks. While the move is one that could certainly benefit his ability to get back onto an NBA roster, it’s going to be more than interesting to see if his name resurfaces as the NBA season rolls along.

For now however, Joseph is bound for China.


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