Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
27-Year-Old GuardG
Indiana Pacers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The always reliable Joseph played in all 82 games during his first year in Indiana, marking his fourth straight season of missing less than four total contests. As expected, Joseph was locked into a backup role behind Darren Collison for much of the year, but still saw plenty of court time (27.0 MPG) and actually picked up 17 starts when Collison dealt with some injuries. The 26-year-old averaged just 8.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists across 32.3 minutes when working with the top unit, which was only slightly better than his numbers as a reserve. For the entire season, Joseph managed per game numbers of 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists across 27.0 minutes, while also playing solid defense with a career-high 1.0 steal per game. Joseph also finished just over 35 percent from deep for a second straight season. Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, Joseph is the favorite for backup duties once again, but the Pacers brought in a couple of other backcourt pieces that threaten some of his workload. Point guard Aaron Holiday was selected in the first round of the draft and most notably, Tyreke Evans was signed during free agency. Holiday will likely be groomed behind Joseph and Collison, who are both on expiring deals, but Evans poses a significant threat considering he is more than capable of handling the ball is coming off a bounce-back season where he averaged 19.4 points across 30.9 minutes. That will likely make it hard for Joseph to match his workload from a season ago, so Fantasy owners in deeper leagues considering a late-round selection may want to temper expectations. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2015. Traded to the Pacers in July of 2017. Exercised $7.95 million player option for 2018-19 in May of 2018.
Scores 12 in loss
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April 7, 2019
Joseph finished with 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four assists and three rebounds over 19 minutes in the Pacers' loss to the Nets on Sunday.
Joseph finished with his first double-digit scoring effort since Mar. 2 in Sunday's loss. He was relegated to the bench after three straight starts and saw his point total rise and assist total fall from his recent production. He's made very minimal contributions this season primarily off the bench, and his 12-point performance was certainly an outlier.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Joseph, who spent the past two seasons in Toronto, was dealt to the Pacers over the summer in the sign-and-trade that moved C.J. Miles to the Raptors. Joseph played a sixth-man role during both his seasons with the Raptors, posting 9.3 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 steals across 25.0 minutes per game during the 2016-17 campaign. The 6-foot-3 combo guard also shot 45.2 percent from the field and went 48-for-135 (35.6 percent) from beyond the arc. While those aren’t eye-popping numbers, the 26-year-old has shown promise when given more responsibility. For example, during the 22 games he started last season, he averaged a solid 12.2 points, 5.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds across 32.4 minutes per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 17-for-58 (29.3 percent) from deep. That said, he’ll likely occupy a similar sixth-man role in Indiana this upcoming season as he did back in Toronto, considering the presence of (presumed) starting point guard Darren Collison on the Pacers. While it’s tough envisioning a scenario where Joseph’s Fantasy value sees a significant spike for the 2017-18 campaign, he’s a quality draft option in deeper leagues and could often play a legitimate role in DFS when a fellow backcourt member is sidelined.
Following a four-year apprenticeship in San Antonio, Joseph returns home to Toronto after signing a four-year, $30 million contract. More of a combo guard than a pure scorer or distributor, he posted career highs in most categories last season, averaging 18 minutes, 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.2 three-pointers in 79 games while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free-throw line. In 14 starts when Tony Parker was out of the lineup, however, Joseph averaged 35 minutes, 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 0.3 three-pointers while shooting 56 percent on field goals and 75 percent on free throws, giving a glimpse of his capabilities in a bigger role. Unlike previous guards coming off the Raptors' bench, Joseph is a strong defensive player who should be able to minimize the second-unit breakdowns the team has dealt with in the past, but he hasn't shown the ability to contribute at a high level on offense the way his predecessors did. As long as Kyle Lowry is healthy, Joseph's court time will be limited, but if Lowry breaks down Joseph could get a chance to shine.
Cory Joseph is entering his fourth season in the league after being selected in the first round by the Spurs back in 2011. Last season, Joseph averaged 5.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.2 three-pointers in 14 minutes per game through 68 games. He shot 48 percent from the field on 3.9 attempts per game and 82 percent from the line on 1.4 attempts per game. Joseph posted a career-best PER (player efficiency rating) of 14.7 on the back of a career high in scoring. He also started a career-best 19 games, filling in whenever starter Tony Parker was out. When Parker played, however, Joseph was used as the third-string point guard behind Patty Mills. With Mills (shoulder surgery) expected to be sidelined until February, Joseph will be in line for a bump in minutes, but by looking at his per-36 statistics, he doesn't project as a very valuable fantasy option. His major fantasy contribution comes from his solid percentages and solid rebounding numbers for a guard, but he's most likely to be used as a spot starter and plug-and-play option throughout the season.
Apparently, the word out of Spurs camp is that the 22-year-old Canadian point guard has 'first dibs' on the backup slot behind Parker. Still, the Texas product hasn't done enough to fully secure the role, and will likely struggle to win substantial minutes in the second unit.
Joseph was picked in the first round of the draft this year, and while he does have some upside, he doesn’t project to play much for the Spurs this season if he makes the roster.
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Starting vs. Detroit
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April 1, 2019
Joseph will start at point guard Monday night against the Pistons.
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Coming off bench Wednesday
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March 27, 2019
Joseph will come off the bench Wednesday against the Thunder, Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports Indiana reports.
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Underwhelming as spot starter
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March 22, 2019
Joseph, who tallied just two points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one block across 28 minutes in the Pacers' 112-89 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, has averaged 3.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.0 rebound and 3.5 steals across 24.0 minutes in consecutive starts for Darren Collison (quadriceps).
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Starting in place of Collison
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March 19, 2019
Joseph will start Tuesday's matchup against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of reports.
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Posts season-high 10 assists
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February 10, 2019
Joseph posted 10 points (5-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 10 assists, nine rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes during Saturday's win over the Cavaliers.
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