Nailed it Q. Nailed it man. De Colo might be seeing his last chance on Pop's roster. If he showed no improvement early in the season. He'll get shipped by the trade deadline.
I think Euros tend to be absolutely stunned in general during their first year in the NBA at the speed of the game.T Tiago is a good case study. I think that because Nando was able to get away with that kind of sizzle in Europe it led to a false confidence he could do it here. Same with Tiago's slowly unfolding drop step scoop shot that seemed to be blocked every 2 attempts in year one, every 4 year two....a bit better past year. Nando came over here as a pg who was used to clowning guys and making the clever pass. He found out that didn't work and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make things work at NBA speed. IF Pop can get his attention and the guy doesn't whine and works hard, he's got more upside because you can't coach length. Chip can improve his shooting. Length is what counts though. That's my knock on CJ and PM. The league is going more outside in with guys on the perimeter with length who can play 2 or more positions (see Miami). It's why we have an Italian guy now instead of Neal more length and athleticism. I think Nando adjusts. He has a good B-Ball IQ and Pop has him playing off the ball now so he won't be handling it as much. That said, still think....trades going down and Nando will be elsewhere by trade deadline.
Pretty hard words about DeColo but convincing. I think he'll improve with some simple maturity and learing not to force stuff. However, based on the glut of guards and need for a big of Baynes' flavor, I'd put Baynes ahead of DeColo (I'm not saying Baynes is the one we need, but we need a solid big body that can play physical ...we'll have to wait and see on Baynes, but the need there puts him ahead of DeColo at least)
It's a deserved spot. I'm not real confident he will rise beyond that either from what Ive seen thus far. Although I do hope he does for obvious reasons