Spurs Better off Without Cory Joseph

By George Middleton

Apr 1, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph (5) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) defends during the second half at Amway Center. San Antonio Spurs defeated the Orlando Magic 103-91. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I will start this article by saying that Cory Joseph improved last year and as a result he had the best season of his career. Joseph averaged a career high 6.8 points and 2.4 assists. He was also shot 50% from the field and he committed only 0.8 turnovers.

In 14 starts, Joseph averaged 13.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. The problem with resigning Joseph is that he was going to cost a lot, as shown in the deal he signed with the Toronto Raptors. He signed for 4-years $30 million.

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There are various reasons to believe that Joseph won’t be missed despite his impact. First, Patty Mills is healthy after missing 31 games last year with a shoulder injury. Mills should have a better season after he only averaged 6.9 points on 38% field goals.

The second reason is that the Spurs got Ray McCallum from Sacramento. The cost? A future second round pick. McCallum is certainly as good of a player as Cory Joseph and they have a similar skill set. Ironically they are both 6″3 190-pounds. Both player are at there best attacking the basket. McCallum is a better athlete, while Joseph is a better defender.

Last season, McCallum averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 assists. In 30 starts he averaged 11.2 points and 4.3 assists. Kyle Anderson will also look to handle the ball a lot, as he is as good of a passer as both, despite being 6″9.

You combine these few factors and the money the Spurs saved and it seemed fair to let him go. The Spurs appreciate what Joseph did for them in four seasons, but they won’t lose sleep over losing him.

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