NBA All-Star 2013: Cory Joseph will represent the Austin Toros in D-League All-Star Game

By Joe Buettner

Dec 8, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Cory Joseph (5) drives on Charlotte Bobcats power forward Bismack Biyombo (0) during the second half at Time Warner Arena. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Wilson-USA TODAY Sports

Just a little over a week ago, the NBA Development League announced the two 10-man rosters who will compete in this year’s D-League All-Star Game in Houston. The voting is not up to the fans, but rather the 16 D-League head coaches. So, it should come as no surprise to see Cory Joseph of the Austin Toros selected as an All-Star. 

The former Longhorn was instrumental in to the Toros’ title run last season, and has put up solid stats this year for the Toros. While they are 16-13 and currently the seventh seed in the D-League standings, Joseph is still a big reason for the Toros’ recent success.

Averaging 19.1 points and 5.1 assists per game, Joseph really is a man amongst boys in the D-League. While he is young and still needs to fine tune his skills as a floor general, Joseph just needs a little more time before he can truly make an impact in the big leagues.

Right now is on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, and is one of four players currently with NBA contracts playing Saturday in the event. Jeremy Lamb, Terrance Jones, and Shelvin Mack are the other three, and Joseph will team up with Jones on the “Prospects” team as they go up against the “Futures” team.

The event is scheduled for a 2 p.m. CT tip-off, and will be nationally televised on NBA TV.

This is yet another chance for Joseph to make an impression on the league. He was nothing short of stellar in San Antonio’s 2012 Summer League campaign.

With Kawhi Leonard by his side in Vegas, Joseph embraced his inner Tony Parker and ripped a part most of the guys he sees on a regular basis in the D-League.

Joseph has a bright future, and hopefully that future will be with the San Antonio Spurs organization. However, he will get some national attention Saturday, and should not be too long before other teams begin to take notice of the Canadian-born point guard.