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 24)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 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
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
20112015 San Antonio Spurs
2012–2013 Austin Toros (D-League)
2015–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

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

High school career[edit]

Joseph grew up in Pickering, Ontario and attended Pickering High School in nearby Ajax, Ontario.[1] He then attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada with his friend, AAU teammate, and future Texas Longhorn, Tristan Thompson. He increased his recruiting demand by leading Findlay Prep to the ESPN RISE NHSI Championship game in 2009 alongside Avery Bradley and Thompson, in which #2 ranked Findlay Prep defeated #1 ranked Oak Hill Academy 74–66. Joseph was named to the ESPN RISE NHSI All-Tournament Team. In Joseph's senior year, he and Thompson led the #2 ranked Findlay Prep Pilots to another ESPN RISE NHSI Championship in 2010 when they defeated #1 ranked Montverde Academy 59–46. He was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive year and was also awarded the tournament MVP. Joseph was ranked as the No. 7 prospect nationally by and No. 11 in the ESPNU 100 following his senior season. Joseph and Thompson then took part in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game.[2] Joseph also won the McDonald's Three Point Competition and was named a Jordan Brand Classic All-American.[3] On April 23, 2010, Joseph committed to join Thompson at Texas.[4] In August 2009, Joseph was selected to play in the 4th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 basketball game at Rucker Park in New York City. This game showcases the top 24 high school basketball players in the nation regardless of recruiting class. On April 11, 2010, Joseph suited up for the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit game against the United States Junior Select Team. The game was held at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Thompson and Enes Kanter, the third overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, were also selected and joined Joseph on the World Select Team. The World Select Team lost 101–97. In Joseph's playing days at Pickering High School, he and his older brother Devoe Joseph teamed up and won back-to-back Ontario provincial championships by defeating their Greater Toronto Area rival, the Eastern Commerce Saints, in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, prior to leaving for Findlay Prep, Joseph was selected and participated in the annual All-Canada Classic All-Star Game, which gathers some of the top high school players in Canada.

College career[edit]

Cory 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, recording his career high 21 points and a game-winning jumper December 18, 2010 against North Carolina.[5] 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.[6] 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.

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.[7] Fellow Canadian and Longhorn Tristan Thompson was drafted 4th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the highest Canadian born draftee in NBA history at that point.[8] (Anthony Bennett was the 1st 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.[9] 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.[10]

During the 2011–12 season, the Spurs assigned Joseph to the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League three times.[11] He was also assigned to the Toros during the 2012–13 season.[12] On February 4, 2013, Joseph was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[13] However, due to injury, he was replaced by Justin Dentmon.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Toronto Raptors (2015–present)[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Joseph signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.[17][18] 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

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 0.9 1.2 0.2 0.1 2.0
2012–13 San Antonio 28 9 13.9 .464 .286 .857 1.9 1.9 .5 0.1 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
Career 204 43 14.9 .474 .314 .769 1.8 1.9 .5 .2 5.2


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
Career 41 0 7.3 .495 .143 .645 1.0 0.8 0.2 0.1 2.9

International 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. He played in both tournaments alongside his good friend, high school teammate and college teammate, Tristan Thompson.

Joseph joined the Canadian men's national basketball team for stage two of their pre-2011 FIBA Americas Championship training camp in early August.[22] 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.[23]

Prior to the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, Joseph was named captain of the national team.[24] In the bronze medal game against Mexico, Joseph hit a buzzer-beating shot that gave Canada an 87–86 victory.[25]


Joseph's older brother, Devoe, played for the University of Minnesota before transferring to Oregon. Cory Joseph is also the second cousin of Kris Joseph, who was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2012.

Joseph's father, David, has experience coaching the now-defunct Mississauga Power of the National Basketball League of Canada.[26]

See also[edit]


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

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