Kris Joseph

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Kris Joseph
Kris Joseph dunk attempt.jpg
Kris Joseph dunk attempt
S.L. Benfica
Position Small forward
League Portuguese Basketball League
FIBA Europe Cup
Personal information
Born (1988-12-17) December 17, 1988 (age 29)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.)
College Syracuse (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Boston Celtics
2012–2013Maine Red Claws
2013 Springfield Armor
2013 Brooklyn Nets
2013–2014 Élan Chalon
2014–2015 JDA Dijon
2015–2016 Orléans Loiret Basket
2016–2017 Enel Brindisi
2017 Élan Chalon
2018 Niagara River Lions
2018–present S.L. Benfica
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Kristopher Joseph (born December 17, 1988) is a Canadian professional basketball player for S.L. Benfica of the Portuguese Basketball League. He played for the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team from 2008 to 2012.[1] He was selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics with the 51st pick overall.

Early years[edit]

Joseph was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, where he grew up in the working-class neighbourhood of Cote-des-Neiges north of downtown. Joseph first picked up a basketball in Grade 2 but was forced to shoot on garbage cans with his older brother Maurice. A court was eventually erected in Cote-des-Neiges and the brothers battled for hours.[2]

High school career[edit]

Joseph played in Maurice's shadow for a number of years as the older star gained prominence at noted Montreal-area prep school Champlain St. Lambert College.[3] Kris struggled at first against elite competition, getting cut from his club team at the age of 14. He worked on his game, grew to 6-foot-6 and became a star for Sun Youth, a club-team powerhouse in the Montreal Basketball League.[2] As a tenth-grader, he led the Quebec provincial team to a silver medal at the 2005 Canada Games. He played for his High School team at Mont-Royal high school, the Mount-Royal Mustangs.[4]

On a recommendation from youth coach Henry Wong, who thought Joseph needed an athletic and academic challenge, Joseph's mother agreed to let him leave Montreal in 2006 to complete two years of high school at Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C.[5]

As a senior, Joseph led Archbishop Carroll to a 26–11 record, including a 21-point, five rebound, three assist and three block effort in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Tournament in a 65–55 win over Our Lady of Good Counsel. Joseph was also invited to play in the Baltimore All-Stars vs. U.S. All-Stars Exhibition in April. That season, Joseph would go on to earn 2008 second team honors from the Washington Post.[6] He played AAU basketball with the DC Assault.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Joseph was listed as the No. 17 small forward and the No. 113 player in the nation in 2008.[7]

College career[edit]


Joseph would see early playing time, including seven points in 22 minutes in an 85–51 rout of Le Moyne on November 16, 2008 [8] and a 13-point six rebound effort in an 86–66 victory against Oakland University on November 22, 2008.[9] On November 24, 2008, Joseph's 10 points and five rebounds helped then-unranked Syracuse upset then-No. 18 Florida, 89–83, in the semi-finals of the CBE Classic.[10]

After an injury to Paul Harris, Joseph would receive the first start of his career against South Florida on January 2, 2009, scoring seven points and adding three rebounds.[11]


Joseph would become a key reserve in his second year at Syracuse. In SU's Big East opener against Seton Hall on December 29, 2009, Joseph scored 16 points, including 8-of-9 shooting from the free throw line in an 80–73 win.[12] On January 6, 2010 against Memphis, Joseph scored 15 second half points to go along with nine rebounds in a 74–57 win.[13]

Joseph finished with averages of 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds on the season, and was named the Big East Conference Sixth Man of the Year.[14]


Joseph gained national prominence as a go-to scorer for the Orange during his junior year. He was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list and improved his numbers across the board, leading Syracuse in scoring at 14.3 points per game and placing second in rebounding (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was named to the All-Big East third team, the first Canadian to receive the honour since fellow Montrealer Bill Wennington in 1985.[15][16][17]


Joseph was once again named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list as a senior.[18] His final season started off with a flourish as he was named the Big East Player of the Week after leading his Syracuse Orange to the NIT Season Tip Off Championship. Joseph was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament with averages of 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in wins against Virginia Tech and Stanford.[19]

He led the Orange in scoring during the regular season (13.4 ppg) and received an array of post-season awards, including a spot on the 2012 All-Big East First Team. Joseph is the first Canadian-born player ever to be named to the first team of that conference.[20] He was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American [21] and also earned spots on the USBWA All District II team as well as the NABC All-District 5 First Team. Additionally, Joseph was one of 15 post-season finalists for the Wooden Award, making him among the most decorated Canadians ever to play NCAA Division I basketball.

With his 15 points against Manhattan on Nov. 14, 2011, Joseph became the 55th player at Syracuse to score 1,000 points.[22] He concluded his storied career with 10 points, two rebounds and 3 steals in Syracuse's 77–70 loss to Ohio State in the Elite Eight.

Professional career[edit]

Boston Celtics[edit]

Joseph was selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics with the 51st pick. On July 3, 2012, Joseph signed a contract with the Celtics.[23]

On July 5, 2012 the Boston Celtics announced that Joseph was added to their roster for the 2012 Orlando and Las Vegas NBA Summer League's.[24] On October 24, Kris Joseph officially made the Celtics' 15-man roster. He was sent to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League[25] for several assignments during his time with the Celtics.[26] On January 6, 2013, he was waived by the Celtics.[27] On February 6, 2013, Joseph was reacquired by the Maine Red Claws.[28]

Brooklyn Nets[edit]

On February 11, 2013, Joseph was traded to the Springfield Armor for James Mays.[29] He signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on April 2, 2013.[30] On April 12, 2013, he was signed for the remainder of the season.[31]

Joseph was traded to the Boston Celtics on July 12, 2013 along with Keith Bogans, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and Gerald Wallace as well as three first round picks in a blockbuster deal that sent Celtics stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Nets.[32] He was one of two players traded to the team that originally drafted them: Joseph was drafted by Boston in 2012 and Brooks was drafted by Boston in the 2011 NBA Draft. On July 15, 2013, Joseph was waived by the Celtics.[33]

Orlando Magic[edit]

In September 2013, Joseph joined the Orlando Magic for their training camp.[34] However, he was waived on October 25.[35]


On November 10, 2013, Joseph signed a contract with the French team Élan Chalon.[36][37]

On June 30, 2014, JDA Dijon announced they had signed Joseph for the 2014–15 season.[38]

On August 1, 2015, he signed with Orléans Loiret Basket for the 2015–16 season.[39]


On February 22, 2018, Joseph signed with the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada.[40] He averaged 16.2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.[41]


On August 13, 2018, Joseph signed with S.L. Benfica of the Portuguese Basketball League.[42]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2012–13 Boston 6 0 4.0 .182 .000 .750 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.0 1.2
2012–13 Brooklyn 4 0 7.5 .000 .000 .500 0.5 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.5
Career 10 0 5.4 .143 .000 .625 0.7 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.9

Personal life[edit]

Joseph is the brother of ex-Michigan State and Vermont Catamounts men's basketball player Maurice Joseph. Maurice is now head coach at George Washington University.

Joseph is also the second cousin of Cory Joseph, who currently plays in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kris Joseph". 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Welcome". QHoops. Archived from the original on 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Welcome". QHoops. 2005-03-17. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  4. ^ "Montreal's Joseph brothers to battle on grand stage | CTV Montreal News". 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  5. ^ Dennis Nett; The Post-Standard. "Kris Joseph: Road winds from Montreal to D.C. to Syracuse |". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics - TEMP 2009-10 Signing Day 2010 Roster". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  7. ^ Kris Joseph Recruiting Profile
  8. ^
  9. ^ "College Sports". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  10. ^ Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO (2008-11-24). "Syracuse Orange vs. Florida Gators - Box Score - November 24, 2008 - ESPN". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  11. ^ Central New York. "SU-South Florida Recap". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  12. ^ Prudential Center, Newark, NJ (2009-12-29). "Syracuse Orange vs. Seton Hall Pirates - Box Score - December 29, 2009 - ESPN". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  13. ^ Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY (2010-01-06). "Memphis Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange - Box Score - January 06, 2010 - ESPN". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  14. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics - Joseph Earns BIG EAST Sixth Man Award". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  15. ^ "St. John's Bill Wennington To Be Inducted Into Quebec Sports Hall of Fame - ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  16. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics - 2011-12 Men's Basketball Roster". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  17. ^ "Welcome". QHoops. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  18. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics - Joseph on Naismith Watch List". 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  19. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics - #5/5 Syracuse Wins NIT Season Tip Off". 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  20. ^ Daly, Brian (2012-03-04). "Joseph makes history with Big East nod | Basketball | Sports". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  21. ^ wire reports. "2012 AP All-America teams - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - News, Scores, Stats, Schedule and RPI Rankings". Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  22. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics - Kris Joseph - 2011-12 Men's Basketball". Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  23. ^ "Celtics Sign 2012 NBA Draft Picks". July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  24. ^ Rohrbach, Ben. "Sean Williams on C's summer league roster". Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  25. ^ Melo, Joseph assigned to D-League Archived 2015-11-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ 2012-13 NBA Assignments Archived 2014-03-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ Celtics Waive Joseph and Varnado
  28. ^ Maine Red Claws sign Kris Joseph to D-League deal
  29. ^ Springfield trades James Mays in exchange for Maine's Kris Joseph Archived 2013-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Sign Kris Joseph to 10-Day Contract". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Sign Kris Joseph for Remainder of Season". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 12, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Celtics Complete Trade With Brooklyn Nets". July 12, 2013. 
  33. ^ Celtics Waive Joseph
  34. ^ Magic Sign Osby, Four Others; Prepare for Camp
  35. ^ Magic Waive Four Players; Roster Trimmed to 15
  36. ^ "Kris Joseph arrive, Josh Bostic et Mareks Jurevicus partent". (in French). Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  37. ^ "Chalon sign Kris Joseph, part ways with Bostic and Jurevicus". Sportando. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  38. ^ "Kris Joseph pens a deal with JDA Dijon". 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  39. ^ "Kris JOSEPH à Orléans !". (in French). August 1, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  40. ^ "River Lions land Kris Joseph". February 22, 2018. 
  41. ^ "Kris Joseph #14 Forward Niagara River Lions". National Basketball League of Canada. Retrieved August 13, 2018. 
  42. ^ "Benfica signs Kris Joseph". Sportando. Retrieved August 13, 2018. 

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