We have a long way to go before training camp, but it is never too early to start looking at how to cut down the roster to 15. (Ok, I know Jeff Green isn't officially signed yet - and no, I don't have any updates, sorry). Joseph seemed to have a solid summer league and was drafted so he's probably got the upper hand on the non-guaranteed guys.
So it probably comes down to Dionte Christmas vs. Jamar Smith. Who ya got? Forsberg and friends broke down the competition on ESPN.
My prediction? Christmas has the inside track after an eyebrow-raising summer in which he showed a lot of versatility. He wasn't even supposed to stay with the Celtics for the Las Vegas portion of the 10-game summer slate, but he stuck around knowing a camp invite could be on the horizon and now he'll get his first real chance to make an NBA roster. Smith's shooting is enticing when those 3-pointers are falling, but Christmas displayed a well-rounded game and has some additional size that could make him the more attractive option. Smith really has to kick down the door at camp in order to wrestle away a spot, while even Christmas still has a little something to prove in order to encourage the Celtics to carry a 15th body.
Hard to argue with Christmas and honestly, why would you want to? That's the kind of name that gives me the gift of creative headlines all year long.