Danny Ainge followed up the Fab Melo selection by going with Melo’s Syracuse teammate Kris Joseph in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Joseph, a senior, is a nice selection by Ainge. The former Orangeman should bring energy to training camp even though he’s considered a long shot to make the team. He’s a good defender, and he has a nice touch on the offensive end. He can get to the rim. And then there’s that familiarity with Melo. Having the two of them in camp together should help Melo’s transition to the pros.
Personally, I was hoping the Celtics would have selected West Virginia forward Kevin Jones. Jones was one of the leading offensive rebounders in the country last season, but was considered undersized at the power forward position and doesn’t have the ball-handling skills needed to play major minutes at small forward. So it’s Joseph instead. I can’t wait to get a look at him during the Celtics’ summer league games. That should give us an idea as to where he is in terms of his development, and also give us an indication of his chances of eventually making the team.