Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
30-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Joseph was on his way to another typical season as a backup point guard with the Kings. But, he ended up being traded to the Pistons at the deadline. There, he was given an expanded role -- though often rested -- which allowed him to post some of the best numbers of his career. In his 19 appearances (11 starts) with Detroit, he averaged 12.0 points on 51/37/88 shooting, 5.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26.4 minutes. Surprisingly, the veteran is back with the Pistons on a two-year, $10 million contract. His role will likely be smaller this season, as the Pistons' focus will be on the development of both No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham and last year's No. 7 selection Killian Hayes. Plus, Josh Jackson, Saben Lee, Frank Jackson and Hamidou Diallo are still in the mix. With that in mind, Joseph should only be targeted in deep leagues, and he probably makes the most sense as a pairing with Hayes or Cunningham in a best ball format in case one suffers an injury. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Detroit Pistons in August of 2021.
Personal Bio

Cory Ephram Joseph was born in 1991 in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, just east of Toronto. Cory is the son of Connie and David Joseph, who both played collegiate basketball for Mount Royal College. Joseph has two older sisters and one older brother. Joseph attended Pickering High School. He and his brother, Devoe, led Pickering's AAAA basketball team to back-to-back Ontario provincial championships in 2007 and 2008. Devoe went on to play basketball in college and in the Turkish Basketball First League. At age 16, Cory Joseph transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada with his friend and future NBA player Tristan Thompson. Future NBA guard Avery Bradley was also on the Findlay Prep squad. Findlay Prep, with Joseph, won the 2009 and 2010 ESPN RISE National School Invitational Championship. After their senior season, Joseph and Thompson both committed to the University of Texas. Joseph has frequently played on various Team Canada squads during FIBA competitions. During his professional career, Joseph was also named, in 2015, as captain of the Canadian national team. Fans can follow the guard on Twitter (@Cory_Joe) and Instagram (coryjoseph).

College/International Summary

Cory Joseph played one season (2010-11) of collegiate basketball for the University of Texas. He started all 36 games in which he appeared for the Longhorns. The Pickering, Canada native led Texas in three point percentage (41.3%), assists (3.0) and steals (1.0) per game. Joseph also generated 10.4 points and 3.6 boards per contest. On Dec. 18, the point guard tallied a season-high 21 points plus drained the game-winning shot in a win over North Carolina. Joseph helped lead the Longhorns to the 2011 Big 12 Tournament Final before losing to Kansas. He also propelled Texas to the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The point guard was later named to the 2010-11 Big 12 All-Freshman team. After his freshman season, Joseph announced that he would enter the 2011 NBA Draft.

Back with Detroit
GDetroit Pistons
August 2, 2021
Joseph has reached a two-year, $10 million agreement with the Pistons, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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After being acquired from the Kings in March, Joseph averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26.4 minutes for the Pistons. Detroit added 2021 No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham and have another talented guard in Killian Hayes on the roster, but they have elected to bring back the veteran.
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2019

After signing a three-year contract with the Kings over the summer, Joseph went on to appear in all 72 of the team's games during the pandemic-shortened campaign. The 28-year-old veteran averaged 6.4 points, 3.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.7 steals while draining an efficient 85.7 percent of his free throws. Between Nov. 12 and Dec. 20, Joseph made 19 straight starts, averaging 5.8 points and 4.7 assists in 30.8 minutes during that span. In the midst of that stretch, Joseph dished a career-high 14 assists in a home win over the Suns on Nov. 19. All in all, Joseph had 22 games with five or more assists, including an 11-assist effort against Oklahoma City in February. On Jan. 20, the veteran posted a season-high 16 points to go with seven assists during a road win over the Clippers. The 6-foot-3 guard was also helpful on the boards, pulling down five or more rebounds on nine occasions. On Mar. 3, Joseph tallied 14 points, four assists, four boards, two three-pointers and a steal during a home win over the Wizards. He remained a key piece of the rotation in the Orlando bubble, appearing in eight games (four starts) while averaging 6.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds.

2018

As expected, Joseph was a reliable depth contributor for the Pacers in 2018-19, but one key statistic stood out: a career-best assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.0. Splitting time with Tyreke Evans was not much of a hindrance for Joseph, whose strong defense helped him average 25.2 minutes per contest; he picked pockets in 55 games and had multi-steal efforts in just over 30 percent of those outings. The Canadian-born point guard maintained a personal best in rebounds (3.4) and assists (3.9), plus he rejected a career-high 22 shots. Joseph toughed out a thigh injury in January, and at age 27, played the entire schedule for a second straight year. His breakout performance took place Feb. 2, with Joseph posting 10 points (5-7 FG), 10 assists, nine rebounds and a steal after Indiana was forced to plan around a season-ending injury to Victor Oladipo. While the Pacers were swept by the Celtics in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs, Joseph endeared himself to the coaching staff with a 50.0 field goal percentage and 44.4 conversion rate on three-pointers through those four games.

2017

On July 14, 2017, the Toronto Raptors traded Joseph to the Indiana Pacers. Joseph was a dependable bench option for Indiana during his seventh NBA season. For the first time in his career, the Canadian played in all 82 games. He also started 17 contests. Joseph averaged a career-high 27.0 minutes per game and scored 7.9 points per contest. Joseph also remained steady in the assists department with 3.2 per game. He averaged 3.1 and 3.3 assists per game in his previous two seasons, respectively. Joseph showed an increased willingness to shoot from deep, as he set a new career high with 2.3 three-point attempts per game. The reserve guard shot a solid 35.3 percent from behind the arc and set a new career high with 0.8 made three-pointers per game. Joseph had his best scoring game of the season early in the year, pouring in 21 points against Minnesota on Oct. 24. He scored in double figures 28 additional times. Joseph also got into double figures on the glass three separate times, recording a season-high 11 rebounds against Brooklyn on Valentine's Day. After Darren Collison suffered a knee injury, Joseph started 16 straight games from Feb. 5 to Mar. 17. During that span, Joseph averaged 9.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per start. The Pacers finished the year at 48-34 and lost to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs.

2016

During the 2016-17 season, Joseph appeared in 80 games, with a career-high 22 starts, for the Toronto Raptors. The reserve guard registered per-game career highs in points (9.3), assists (3.3), rebounds (2.9) and three-pointers made (0.6). Joseph flourished as Kyle Lowry's primary backup at point guard. Lowry missed 22 games due to injury, which provided opportunities for Joseph to shine. On Nov. 30, Joseph grabbed a career-best-tying eight rebounds in a home win over Memphis. On Jan. 17, during a win at Brooklyn, Joseph supplied a career-high 33 points, four boards and four assists. He also shot 15-of-22 from the field. On Mar. 27, Joseph delivered his first career double-double by generating 15 points and a career-high 13 assists during a home win over the Magic. During Joseph's 22 games in the starting lineup, he averaged 12.2 points, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steal per start. Joseph's Raptors finished the season at 51-31 and defeated the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs. That led to another showdown with LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. Joseph shined in the second-round series versus the Cavs. In Game 2, Joseph came off the bench and generated 22 points and six boards over 25 minutes. In Game 4, Joseph started for an injured Kyle Lowry and produced 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for his first ever postseason double-double. Despite Joseph's efforts, the Raptors were swept by the Cavaliers.

2015

In July 2015, the San Antonio Spurs withdrew their qualifying offer to Joseph, making the reserve point guard an unrestricted free agent. Roughly one day later, Joseph agreed to a four-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, a team located roughly 35 minutes away from Joseph's hometown of Pickering, Ontario. Joseph's role expanded with the Raptors. He played a career-high 25.6 minutes per game and appeared in a career-best 80 games. Joseph scored a season-best 19 points on two separate occasions. On Jan. 14, Joseph tallied 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals during a win at Orlando. On March 3, Joseph blocked a career-high three shots during a home win over Miami. On April 8, the reserve guard dished a season-high nine assists, plus added 18 points, during a home win over Indiana. Joseph's Raptors finished the season with a record of 56-26 and entered the playoffs as the 2nd-seeded team in the Eastern Conference. Toronto eliminated Indiana and Miami before facing LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Joseph played on all 20 of Toronto's playoff games and averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per postseason contest. The Raptors lost in six games to the Cavs, who then beat the Warriors in the 2015-16 NBA Finals.

2014

Joseph saw his playing time and per game statistics notably increase during the 2014-15 season, his fourth year in The Association with the San Antonio Spurs. The reserve guard produced per-game career highs in points (6.8), rebounds (2.4), assists (2.4), steals (0.6), games played (79) and minutes played (18.3). He also shot a career-best 50.4 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from behind the arc. Twice Joseph dished a season-best seven assists, including a 10-point, eight-rebound, seven-assist performance on Dec. 19 in a home loss to the Trail Blazers. On Dec. 26, Joseph scored a career-high 20 points, plus added five assists and three rebounds, in a loss at New Orleans. Joseph scored in double-digits in 25 games, including 12 of 18 games in December. Coming off last year's Championship, the Spurs finished the 2014-15 season with a record of 55-27. They faced the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and ultimately lost to L.A. in seven games. Joseph played in the first four playoff games and scored a total of 11 points.

2013

The 2013-14 season marked the end of Cory Joseph splitting time between the Spurs and the D-League's Austin Toros. During his third season in the NBA, Joseph was a full-time contributor for San Antonio. He appeared in 68 games for the Spurs, with 19 starts, and averaged 13.8 minutes per game. The season started slowly for Joseph, as he appeared in 10 of San Antonio's first 15 games and averaged only 5.6 minutes per contest in those 10 appearances. On Nov. 29 in Orlando, Joseph received his first start of the season due to Tony Parker's ankle injury. Joseph delivered 13 points, four assists and one steal over 25 minutes of run in that win over the Magic. In late-January, Parker suffered a shin injury, which opened the door for more point guard minutes for Joseph. From Jan. 19 to Feb. 28, Joseph started 15 of 18 games and produced 7.6 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest. During the end of that span, the Spurs started their 19-game winning streak. On Feb. 6, Joseph scored a career-high 18 points during a loss at Brooklyn. The Spurs finished the season at 62-20 and then went on an impressive playoff run. They squeaked by Dallas in seven games in the first round, then eliminated Portland and Oklahoma City before facing LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals. Joseph appeared in 17 of San Antonio's 23 playoff games and averaged 2.8 points and 0.5 assists per postseason contest. The Spurs defeated Miami in five games and Cory Joseph became an NBA Champion.

2012

The 2012-13 season was Joseph's second year in The Association but just like it happened during his rookie season, the Canadian point guard bounced around between the Spurs and the D-League's Austin Toros. For the first five months of the season, Joseph spent the majority of his time with the Toros. Over 26 D-League games, Joseph averaged 19.4 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest, which marked a strong improvement over his rookie season. The Canadian guard posted two 30-point games for the Toros, including a 30-point, five-rebound effort in a Dec. 18 win over the Texas Legends. On Feb. 22, Joseph double-doubled via 27 points, 10 rebounds and three steals during a D-League win at Iowa. On Mar. 1, Joseph returned to the Spurs and started eight of their next 10 games. Over nine games as a starter for San Antonio, Joseph generated 7.2 points, 3.1 assists and 1.0 rebound over 21 minutes per start. Overall, Joseph registered 28 appearances for San Antonio and delivered averages of 4.5 points, 1.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game. The Spurs finished at 58-24 and made it to the NBA Finals where they lost in seven games to the Miami Heat. Joseph played in 20 of the Spurs' 21 post-season games and provided 3.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per playoff game as a reserve.

2011

Joseph was drafted with the 29th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2011 NBA Draft. The University of Texas product split the lockout-shortened season between the Spurs and the D-League Austin Toros. Joseph made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Dec. 26, with a brief one minute appearance in a home win over Memphis. In early January, Joseph joined the Toros for a quick four-game visit. He returned to the Spurs on Jan. 13 and appeared in 23 of San Antonio's next 28 games. He earned his first NBA start on Feb. 21 and delivered a career-high 13 points, three assists and two three-pointers in 37 minutes of floor time during a loss at Portland. In early March, Joseph returned to the Toros. Over 14 games with Austin, the rookie produced 13.8 points, 5.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per D-League contest. Joseph returned to the Spurs for the last two games of the season, but was left off their post-season roster. In the playoffs, San Antonio defeated the Jazz and the Clippers before losing to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals.

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After two seasons with the Pacers, Joseph landed with the Kings this offseason, signing a three-year, $37 million deal. Joseph continued to play a bench role last season, but he has averaged 25.7 minutes per contest over the last four years. He's a durable player, having appeared in at least 79 games in each of the last five seasons, playing all 82 over the last two years. He averaged 6.5 points last season to go along with career highs in assists (3.9), rebounds (3.4) and steals (1.1). His stats weren't particularly remarkable, and he will come off the bench once again, backing up De'Aaron Fox. Sacramento has one of the most talented backcourts in the NBA with Fox and Buddy Hield, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Joseph on the court for at least 20 minutes per game this season due to his defense and ability to play off-ball. His usual production can be expected, and Joseph is best reserved as a deep-league fantasy selection.
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.
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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Waived by Pistons
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July 31, 2021
Joseph was waived by the Pistons on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Starting Sunday
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May 16, 2021
Joseph (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Miami, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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Questionable vs. Heat
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May 15, 2021
Joseph (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Heat.
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Out again Friday
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May 13, 2021
Joseph (ankle) is listed as out for Friday's game against Denver.
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May 10, 2021
Joseph (ankle) will not be available for Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
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