All signs point to Joseph for final C's roster spot

All signs point to Joseph for final C's roster spot
October 22, 2012, 4:32 am
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BOSTON The Celtics will carry a full 15-man roster this season, according to C's coach Doc Rivers.

"And yes, we have made a decision on the 15th player," said Rivers, who added that an official announcement could come as early as Monday.

He didn't reveal who the 15th player would be, but all indications are that second-round pick Kris Joseph will get the final roster spot.

Joseph's stiffest competition in camp for that spot was Dionte Christmas, who was waived last week.

Rob Kurz and Micah Downs are still in camp, but neither has done much to distinguish themselves enough to where they were under serious consideration.

As for Joseph, strong play near the end of the preseason all but sealed his spot on the team.

When asked about players who benefited greatly from camp, Rivers didn't hesitate to speak about Joseph.

"Kris Joseph helped himself. I thought he played terrific," Rivers said. "We put him in terrible positions. We put him on the floor when him and Micah are point guards. That's not fair to anybody. But he did other things. He's a terrific offensive rebounder at his position. So you like that in him."

As for Downs and Kurz, they may not be going too far away even if they are waived. NBA rules allow for players to be waived from training camp, to be allocated to the D-League affiliate without having to go through the D-League draft.

The upside to this is obvious.

For teams, it allows them to keep tabs on a player that they like without having it cost them a roster spot. For players who elect to go this route, it gives them more time to be evaluated by their camp team.

However, players who make this decision can still sign with another NBA team if they choose to do so.