Cory Joseph

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Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph (cropped).jpg
Joseph with Texas in 2010
No. 6 – Toronto Raptors
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-08-20) August 20, 1991 (age 25)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Pickering (Ajax, Ontario)
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada)
College Texas (2010–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
20112015 San Antonio Spurs
2012–2013 Austin Toros
2015–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Cory Ephram Joseph (born August 20, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the point guard position and is also a member of the Canadian national team.

Early life and family[edit]

Joseph was born in Toronto, Ontario, the youngest of four children of Connie and David Joseph, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago.[1][2][3] He grew up in nearby Pickering, Ontario in a basketball family; his parents met as student athletes at Mount Royal College while playing for their respective men's and women's basketball teams.[2] His father won a CCAA national championship, playing for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and later coached at the high school, college, and professional levels.[4] His mother coached and refereed at various levels. Joseph has two older sisters, Chantal and Danielle, and an older brother, Devoe,[2] who played in college for Minnesota and Oregon, and currently plays professionally in Europe. His second cousin, Kris, was selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.

As a youth, Joseph and future NBA player Kelly Olynyk played together for the Scarborough Blues club team; their mothers previously played together for the University of Lethbridge.[5] The Blues rarely lost, though one of the losses came against rival Toronto 5–0, led by future NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who briefly lived in Toronto while his father, Dell, played for the Toronto Raptors.[5]

High school career[edit]

Joseph attended Pickering High School in Ajax, Ontario.[3] He and Devoe led the school's AAAA basketball team to back-to-back Ontario provincial championships in 2007 and 2008,[3][6] defeating Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute both years in the championship game. Their father served as the team's assistant coach during that time.[4] In 2008, he and Devoe were selected to play in the annual All-Canada Classic, which showcases the top high school players in Canada.

Later that year, at age 16, Joseph transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada with Tristan Thompson, his close friend and AAU teammate.[2] He increased his recruiting demand by leading Findlay Prep to the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational championship game in 2009, alongside Thompson and Avery Bradley, in which #2 ranked Findlay Prep defeated #1 ranked Oak Hill Academy, 74–66. He was named to the ESPN RISE All-Tournament Team. In August 2009, Joseph was selected to play in the fourth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 basketball game at Rucker Park in Harlem, New York City. The game showcases the top 24 high school basketball players in the U.S. regardless of recruiting class.

In Joseph's senior year, he and Thompson led #2 ranked Findlay Prep to a second consecutive ESPN RISE National High School Invitational championship in 2010, when they defeated #1 ranked Montverde Academy, 59–46. He was named to the ESPN RISE All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive year and was also named tournament MVP. He was ranked as the #7 prospect nationally by and #11 in the ESPNU 100 following the season, in which he averaged 18.8 points, 4.9 assists, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game.[7] Joseph then played in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game.[8] He also won the McDonald's Three Point Competition and was named a Jordan Brand Classic All-American.[9] On April 11, 2010, he played for the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit, against the United States Junior Select Team. The game was held at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The World Select Team lost, 101–97. Twelve days later, Joseph committed to the University of Texas, joining Thompson.[10]

College career[edit]

Joseph started all 36 games in his freshman season, leading the team in scoring four times and in rebounding twice. Joseph played one of his best games on December 18, 2010, recording a season-high 21 points and a game-winning jumper against North Carolina.[11] Texas entered 2011 NCAA March Madness as a four seed in the West Regional Division. Texas lost to fifth-seeded Arizona in the third round with a standout performance and game-winning shot from Derrick Williams.[12] Following the end of the season, Joseph was considering entering the NBA draft, even with fellow countryman Myck Kabongo's decision to commit to Texas. He was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.[7]

College statistics[edit]

2010–11 Texas 36 36 32.4 .422 .413 .699 3.6 3.0 1.0 0.3 10.4

Professional career[edit]

San Antonio Spurs (2011–2015)[edit]

On June 23, 2011, Joseph was drafted 29th overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.[13] Fellow Canadian and Longhorn, Thompson, was drafted fourth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the highest Canadian born draftee in NBA history at that point.[14] (Anthony Bennett was the first pick in the 2013 draft.) It was also the second time in NBA history that two Canadians were selected in the first round of the same draft, the first being in 1983 when Leo Rautins and Stewart Granger were selected 17th and 25th, respectively.[15] The 2011 draft was also the first time three Texas Longhorn basketball players went in the first round after Joseph's former collegiate teammate Jordan Hamilton went 26th overall to Dallas Mavericks.[16]

During the 2011–12 season, the Spurs assigned Joseph to the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League three times.[17] He was also assigned to the Toros during the 2012–13 season.[18] On February 4, 2013, Joseph was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[19] However, due to injury, he was replaced by Justin Dentmon.[20]

In late February 2013, Tony Parker sustained an injury, and Joseph became the Spurs' starting point guard. In his first five starts, Joseph averaged 8.8 points and 2.6 assists while shooting 58.6 percent. Joseph helped the Spurs reach the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, but San Antonio lost the series in seven games.[21]

On June 15, 2014, Joseph won his first NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.

On June 30, 2015, the Spurs extended a qualifying offer to Joseph in order to make him a restricted free agent, but on July 5, the team withdrew their qualifying offer.[22]

Toronto Raptors (2015–present)[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Joseph signed a four-year, $30 million contract with his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors.[23][24] He made his debut for the Raptors in the team's season opener against the Indiana Pacers on October 28, recording 3 points and 2 rebounds in a 106–99 win.[25] Over his first few games with the Raptors, Joseph began to flourish in his role as backup point guard, averaging a career-high 23 minutes per game. On November 6, he scored a season-high 19 points against the Orlando Magic, one off his career-high of 20.[26] On November 28, he scored 12 points and made a three-pointer at the buzzer following a well-worked inbounds play, lifting the Raptors an 84–82 win over the Washington Wizards.[27] The Raptors finished the regular season as the second seed in the East with a 56–26 record.

On April 16, 2016, Joseph scored a playoff career-high 18 points in a Game 1 loss to the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round.[28]

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]

2011–12 San Antonio 29 1 9.2 .314 .200 .647 .9 1.2 .2 .1 2.0
2012–13 San Antonio 28 9 13.9 .464 .286 .857 1.9 1.9 .5 .1 4.5
2013–14 San Antonio 68 19 13.8 .475 .316 .823 1.6 1.7 .5 .2 5.0
2014–15 San Antonio 79 14 18.3 .504 .364 .734 2.4 2.4 .6 .2 6.8
2015–16 Toronto 80 4 25.6 .439 .273 .764 2.6 3.1 .8 .3 8.5
Career 284 47 17.9 .460 .294 .767 2.1 2.6 .6 .2 6.1


2013 San Antonio 20 0 9.6 .464 .182 .455 1.6 1.2 .3 .1 3.0
2014 San Antonio 17 0 5.1 .486 .000 .778 .5 .5 .2 .0 2.8
2015 San Antonio 4 0 5.5 .833 .000 .500 .3 .0 .0 .3 2.8
2016 Toronto 20 0 22.6 .466 .333 .750 2.1 2.4 .9 .1 8.5
Career 61 0 12.3 .478 .263 .698 1.3 1.3 .4 .1 4.7

National team career[edit]

Joseph represented his country and Canada Basketball at the 2008 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, where Canada won the bronze medal placing behind Argentina and the United States. Joseph once again competed for Canada at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.

Joseph joined the Canadian men's national basketball team for stage two of their pre-2011 FIBA Americas Championship training camp in early August.[29] He made his senior national team debut at the 2011 Jack Donohue International Classic, on August 13, 2011, at Ryerson University against Belgium. In Joseph's debut, he posted 3 points and 2 assists in 15 minutes of game time in a 79–74 victory.[30]

At the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, he led the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game,[31] playing alongside his brother, Devoe.

Prior to the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, Joseph was named captain of the national team.[32] In the bronze medal game against Mexico, Joseph hit a buzzer-beating shot that gave Canada an 87–86 victory.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cory Joseph Accessed on February 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Mom's the word for GTA hoops stars Toronto Star. Accessed on February 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Cory Joseph in Raptors jersey a 'dream come true' Accessed on February 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Assistant Coach: David Joseph Accessed on February 1, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Canada's quest for elite basketball status begins in Toronto". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ OFSAA Past Champions Boys' Basketball OFSAA. Accessed on February 1, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Cory Joseph – Biography Accessed on February 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "McDonald's High School Basketball All American Teams". 
  9. ^ "2010 Jordan Brand All-American Team". Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Joseph will join Thompson at Texas". April 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Joseph's jumper pushes Texas past UNC". 
  12. ^ Arizona vs. Texas: Wildcats Advance, Defeating Longhorns 70–69 – SB Nation Arizona
  13. ^ Spurs take Texas' Joseph with 29th pick
  14. ^ 1953 NBA Draft |
  15. ^ 1983 NBA Draft |
  16. ^ Orange rush: 3 Horns taken in NBA draft's 1st round for first time
  17. ^ 2011–12 Assignments
  18. ^ 2012–13 NBA Assignments
  19. ^ 2013 NBA Development League All-Star Game Rosters Announced
  20. ^ Dentmon, Leslie Named Replacements for the NBA Development League All-Star Game
  21. ^ Spurs Notebook: Joseph Making Most of Fill-in-time for Parker
  22. ^ Spurs Pull Qualifying Offer To Cory Joseph
  23. ^ "Raptors Sign Cory Joseph". July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  24. ^ Chris Broussard and Brian Windhorst (2015-07-06). "Cory Joseph, Toronto Raptors agree to four-year, $30 million deal". Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  25. ^ "DeRozan scores 25, Lowry has 23, Raptors beat Pacers 106-99". October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  26. ^ Cory Joseph thriving in role with Raptors
  27. ^ Joseph beats buzzer with 3 as Raptors beat Wizards 84-82
  28. ^ George scores 33 as Pacers beat Raptors 100-90 in Game 1
  29. ^ "Cory Joseph suits up for Canada as NBA lockout threatens rookie season". The Globe and Mail. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "Team Canada Outlasts Belgium at 2011 Jack Donohue Classic". 13 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  31. ^ 2013 FIBA Americas Championship For Men FIBA. Accessed on February 7, 2016.
  32. ^ "Canada's Cory Joseph upset, but not worried". Toronto Sun. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  33. ^ "Joseph's buzzer-beater drives Canada to FIBA Americas bronze". 28 August 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 

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