Recently, the Golden State Warriors signed Cory Joseph to a one-year $3,196,448 deal. This came shortly after the team lost Donte DiVincenzo in free agency when he signed a four-year $50 million deal with the New York Knicks.
Joseph was the 29th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, selected by the San Antonio Spurs. During his twelve seasons in the league, he has spent time with the Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons. Over the course of his career, he has averaged 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 47.8% from the field and 35.0% from three.
Last season with the Pistons, Joseph played in 62 of the 82 games in the regular season and started in two of them. During that stretch, he averaged 6.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 42.7% from the field and 38.9% from three.
With the Golden State Warriors being a team that is contending for a title, there is a chance that Joseph will not be a player that will suit up every game for the team. He likely will be towards the end of the bench, however, when he does get the chance to put his talents on display, he could be dangerous in Golden State’s offensive scheme.
Since the beginning of their dynasty run, the Warriors have lived and died by the three-point shot. As a result of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson arguably being the two best outside shooters of all time, Golden State would go on to change the way that basketball is played.
With Joseph being an elite three-point shooter, he will fit right in on this team. It was an incredible signing by both sides. The past two teams that Joseph has suited up for have been amongst some of the worst teams in the league. During his time with the Kings and Pistons, the teams have been in rebuilding phases. As a result of this, he has not even seen the playoffs since the 2018-19 season with the Pacers.
As a member of the Warriors, as long as the team can remain healthy, they are almost a lock to see the postseason. The only way that it could be argued that Joseph does not fit on the team is that the Warriors already have plenty of help at the point guard position. However, in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons, he spent time playing the shooting guard position. This could be difficult in today’s game with him only standing at 6’3”, however, the offensive firepower that he could add to the team would be enough to rationalize potentially giving him the nod as the first shooting guard off of the bench.
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