With the recent news that San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder, and that the length of recovery is seven months, the Spurs may need some help with backup point guard duties once the season starts.
Mills, a free agent, is a fan favorite in San Antonio as well as around the world. Those fans are hoping that the sharpshooter will make his return to the team. As Marc Stein of ESPN reported, Mills and the Spurs are in discussions for a new contract.
Will the injury to Mills have an effect on the Spurs? What Mills brings to the game when he steps on the floor is quickness and instant offense. Mills was a big factor in the closing game for the Spurs as they captured their fifth title in franchise history.
With Mills out for several months of the 2014-15 season, this could be an opportunity for Spurs guard Cory Joseph to shine. Joseph and Mills were head-to-head in a competition for the role of backup point guard throughout training camp last year.
Joseph has proven this season that he can be effective when his number is called. Though he did not see much time on the court during the postseason, what Joseph did in the regular season has had many remarking about his poise at such a young age.
Joseph started 19 games this season. During that time he averaged 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals in just under 25 minutes a game.
You won’t get the explosive scoring from him as you have come to expect with Mills, but Joseph can manage the game and is closer to a true extension of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the floor when he is running the offense.
Joseph has proven over and over, just as he did to a national television audience during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, that he will be ready to answer the call.
Just ask Serge Ibaka.