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NBA India Games 2019

NBA India Games 2019: Fast facts on Sacramento Kings' guard Cory Joseph

Cory Joseph
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When the NBA India Games were announced, Canadian Cory Joseph was on one of the teams set to take part in the historic event.

However, after the offseason of 2019 and the exhibition games in Mumbai fast approaching, Joseph will still make the trip but wear a different jersey.

On the completion of his contract with the Pacers, Joseph signed a 3-year $37.5 million deal with the Kings as a free agent.

Background

Cory Joseph was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 20, 1991.

High school & College experience

He began high school in his native, attending Pickering High School in Ajax, Ontario.

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However, after a couple of seasons, he transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. Here, he received the opportunities and recognition his game deserved - being named a McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Classic All-American, representing Team World in the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit.

For college, he committed to the University of Texas along with fellow Canadian Tristan Thompson.

In his lone season at Texas, he started all the games and was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.

NBA career

Joseph was picked 29th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

In his time with the Spurs, he witnessed both sides - assignments to the team's D-League franchise, the Austin Spurs and an NBA Championship in 2014.

In 2015, as a free agent, Joseph signed with this hometown franchise of the Toronto Raptors to a 4-year $29.9 million contract.

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Knocking down a game-winner is always special and Cory Joseph's only career game-winner came in the first month of his first season with the Raptors.

A couple of years into the deal, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the draft rights of Emir Preldžić.

At the end of his contract, this past offseason, Joseph moved West to sign with the Kings.

Skill set

Prior to the 2019-20 season, Joseph has played 528 regular-season games and has only started 95 of them. He has come off the bench for all three franchises he has represented so far in his career.

With the Kings, he could be doing more of the same, playing a steady floor general with the team's second unit behind starting and emerging point guard De'Aaron Fox.

For more updates and stories on the NBA India Games 2019, you can follow NBA.com's page dedicated to the historic event.

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