Apr 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (left) talks with guard Cory Joseph (5) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs looking to give Cory Joseph backup point guard spot?

The San Antonio Spurs, namely head coach Greg Popovich have a way to turn somewhat average players into more than serviceable talents, something they’re planning to do with Cory Joseph.

The young guard spent a good portion of the 2012-13 playing for the Spurs’ D-League affiliate before eventually making his way to the NBA where Popovich shockingly displayed a vast amount of trust in the guard.

That trust has grown as Pop recently said that it’s Joseph who likely has the inside track to the backup point guard job:

While noting Joseph “probably has first dibs” on the backup position, Popovich has been impressed with Mills’ work this fall.

Mills of course being Patrick Mills, who is likely the other player who’d get the opportunity to play behind Tony Parker.

Nando De Colo is the third guard looking to crack the rotation, though, he really didn’t take advantage of his playing time last year and seemingly has been passed in the rotation by both Joesph and Mills.

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