After trading George Hill to the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio wasted little time in getting a backup point guard drafting University of Texas guard Cory Joseph as the 29th overall pick.
Joseph is a 19-year-old guard from Toronto, Canada. He averaged 10.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists on 42.2 percent field goal shooting, including 41.3 percent from beyond the arc last season at Texas.
Let’s get to know him better.
He has ideal size for a point guard in the NBA, standing 6’3.25″ in shoes with a 6’5.5″ wingspan, a well-rounded athlete and has good speed with the ball in his hands. Solid strength with the frame to potentially add a little more muscle. Aggressive in transition, displayed good instincts and finishing ability.
Great perimeter shooting ability, a very natural spot-up shooter from mid to long-range. Adequate passing ability and he doesn’t turn the ball over a lot. Keeps his teammates involved, not a selfish player by any stretch and has a lot of room to improve.
Joseph is also a very solid defender with strong potential. Rick Barnes called him the best defensive guard he’s had, very solid person, impressive character.
However, a lot of people say he is leaving college so prematurely as a point guard that could severely inhibit his long-term development. Is currently more of a shooter than a scorer, very raw as a floor general and some question if he’s more of a combo than true point guard. Shared ball-handling responsibilities at Texas, and never had the chance to really show off his creativity with the ball. Not used to creating offense for himself off the dribble and doesn’t look comfortable around the rim.
Great shooting numbers from outside, but shot only 42.8% from inside the arc which points to his mediocre slashing/cutting skills. Playmaking ability has potential, but he has a lot to learn before he can be considered a quality full-time point guard.
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