Cory Joseph has been impressing so far in the playoffs this season and played above everyone's expectations. When he's not managing the offense off the bench, he's been playing defense against guards and forwards taller than him.
When he was called up by the San Antonio Spurs this past season when Tony Parker got injured, it was believed it was just to fill in a roster spot and not get much playing time behind Patrick Mills, Nando De Colo, and Gary Neal. Instead, Joseph has been leading the pack from those names and he's not looking to slow down.
He's taking advantage of this opportunity since he didn't have that when he first came into the league.
“Your first reaction (going to the minors) is to get a little upset. You want to be playing with your team. But, you want to get minutes. And I understood I was there to learn, be positive and do my best,” Joseph said.
“You can work out as much as you want, but there’s nothing like playing in the game.”
Joseph's patience in the D-League has certainly paid off with him being named Parker's backup. Joseph is playing at a higher level than his previous visits with the Spurs and is currently averaging 4.5 points, 3 assists (.8 turnovers), and shooting 52% in 14 minutes in the playoffs. In fact, he's playing more like a veteran than the rest of the vets San Antonio has.
Joseph himself knows he's grown in Austin.
“I couldn’t stress it enough,” said Joseph. “It paid off a lot.”
The good news for the Spurs is that he's playing with maturity and sticking to the same game plan he had in Austin.
Nando De Colo won't be a HIT right off the bat, he'll need time like Corey Joseph had in the D-League. It takes quite some time to adjust to the Spur's system so no one should count out Nando De Colo just yet.
I said it a long time ago that Joseph was a far better choice then Nando as a backup...People called me crazy but some players just have it and some wont. Joseph only fault was he came out of college way too early so the D league was needed for him, but that is a great thing for us cause if he would have stayed at texas a few more years he would have been a lock for the lottery...
Then how is it that he shot 45% of 3's in the D league on over 75 attempts ? Why is he shooting just as well with the Spurs, and in the playoff's
Where do these comments come from? Certainly not facts !
@koshwayne his problem he pouted when he was assigned and even made it clear before that he does not belong in the D league. He may or may not make it I stand by what i see and that is a no, talent always shines and he doesnt even show flashes. This isnt the euro league and people are their for a reason
@ChrisCano I remember doubting him getting minutes when Tony went down. Glad to be wrong - good size, good D. Unspectacular - but steady, i'd rather have that right now.
@rtesoro440 He is a back up PG with a whole lot of potential,you guys think everyone's number should equal the starters. we are very lucky he is putting in the hard work to improve. He came out too soon and now has become an asset to us...
@ChrisCano Every player in the NBA needs adjustments, especially coming from the CBA or Euro league. It's not going to be a LeBron James or Tony Parker kind of flashes but it takes awhile for certain players to adjust. No one can't expect the greatest out of all NBA players just because their professionals. Not all NBA players will be in the NBA and stay there. De Colo will come around, reason Pop still has him on the roster and has not let him go yet.
@JohanBeijer he has the speed, a very quick first step and doesnt turn the ball over so if he improves his jump shot and keep up the energy we might have something great in the making