After being drafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs will finally bring over French guard Nando De Colo after he recently signed a 2-year deal.
De Colo honed his basketball skills with Spanish team Valencia, where he dazzled the crowds for three years and would eventually win the 2010 Eurocup title.
And now that he will be making the leap to the NBA next season, his former team put together a tribute to De Colo.
Check out De Colo's highlights with Valencia including his outside shooting, and his ability to find the open player. Seriously, De Colo can pass on a dime and will make you get up off your seat after watching this highlight reel. After watching this, you won't be able to say he cannot pass!
I really want this kid to be good and to contribute.. i just don't see it tho... He's playing against 2nd tier talent.. he didn't average over 4 asst. or even over 15pts at all last season.. not to mention it always takes guys a year or so to get acclimated to the spurs system. How many times have we seen a highlight video of a guy who couldn't contribute in the NBA. I'm root in for him but i just have to honestly assess him.. what is he? a 2 guard? so he'll compete with Gneal and Danny Green? well, here's to hoping he can defend and hit spot up shots.... or is he a backup pg competing with patty mills, whom i really like and is more of a true PG... well, there it is.. not real sure if he'll contribute but here's to hoping he can...
He's a combo guard and I have no doubt that he will be able to contribute because passing/court vision is something that transitions at every level.
And Gary Neal will be the one competing for P/T this year... hell, he could be fighting for a roster spot period.
@staydwninsatwn Just give him the benefit of the doubt. If it's one thing that he's good at, it's passing. That could very well be more beneficial to us next season because we were known around the league last season as a team that shares the ball. That's how we were so dominant, we shared the ball, played unselfishly, and found open guys. We had like 5-6 different players scoring in double digits at times during the season, because we shared the ball. We were one of the best teams when it came to assists and we averaged like 20 assists as a team for the season. So Nando De Colo brings great court vision and tremendous passing skills which is very helpful. I'm like you a bit skeptic but at the same time optimistic. He plays with Diaw and Parker on the french team and will be playing with them again for the spurs, so he has some chemistry there. Also, the French team runs some spurs plays so it's safe to say Nando has SOME knowledge of the spurs system. He's probably more prepared than we all think.
Welcome Nando deColo! By the way, the Spurs released the roster of players who will participate in the summer league. Too many guards and so few long and young rookies. They could have considered Henry Sims and other undrafted big rookies. This is where they seem to be weakest.
@rtesoro440 Sims was already taken in Orlando lg and vegas
Holy flippin burgers at Chris Madrid's smothered in Rudy's bbq sauce, I think its fair to say a few of those slick passes journeyed and possibly went beyond the realm of wherever Ginobili's creativity comes from. Of course Nando isn't Manu, but that ability to create for teammates seen here ought to prove valuable for the Spurs.
And perhaps to early to guess, but who do you all think might get primary minutes at the point behind Tony? Gary played the role decently for a bit at times, now Nando is thrown into the mix, and Patty Mills seemed to do very well in those last three games of the regular season as well as in the limited action he saw given he was thrown into the mix with little practice and no training camp.
Depends on if Tony is traded or not...hehe
But if he isn't, I hope Patty Mills gets a good share; I was impressed with him everytime he was on the court. Nando and Manu are both combo guards and would probably have their fair share at the point (Manu more so, unless Nando really comes out shining).
Gary Neal is too small to be good defensively at the 2 guard, and he isn't good enough to play the point consistently (at least not better than Parker, Mills, Manu and hopefully Nando). I like Gary Neal for what he can do: score and provide a spark off the bench. But he is also just as expendable as Blair and Bonner and I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up trading him.
His behind the back passes are ridiculous..
that one on the fastbreak when he was loosin the handle was impressive
Cant wait! This is our ricky rubio!