December 29, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph (5) brings the ball upcourt past Houston Rockets guard Jonny Flynn (9) in the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Cory Joseph notches triple-double


Austin Toros point guard Cory Joseph had an outstanding game last night. In 33:04, Joseph’s poured in 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting, grabbed a team-high 17 rebounds and dished out 12 assists. Joseph played a big role in the Toros 30-point victory over the Maine Red Claws.

Joseph completed his triple-double with 8:49 left in the fourth quarter when he found forward Luke Zeller — side note: he and Joseph seem to complement each other really well — off a pick-and-pop for his 10th assist.

Judging by the highlights, Joseph seems to be pretty comfortable running pick-and-rolls. A majority of his points came from his aggressiveness and his nice finishing ability at the rim. He had a nice tear drop off a pick-and-roll and an impressive in-and-out dribble in transition that stifled his opponent completely.

The opportunities Joseph is receiving could be beneficial in improving his game. The 20-year-old first round pick out of the University of Texas is averaging 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals in eight games with the Toros.

The Toros next game is tonight at 7:30 against the Red Claws.

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  • rtesoro440

    What’s so different between the nba and the d-league that a player does so well in the latter? Perhaps just a lack of playing time? Joseph has an outstanding game with toros yet is a bench warmer with spurs. 

  • LWM_sucks

     @rtesoro440 Ultimately, skill level. D-League players are there for a reason — they have some deficiency or lacked the opportunity to compete at the NBA level. That’s why Cory Joseph is able to grab 6+ rebounds (he accomplished that tonight) at the D-League when he’s a point guard.