San Antonio Spurs' Nando De Colo may have had an up and down rookie season but when he did get on the court, he had his fair share of highlight worthy moments.
In the video below, Nando displayed Parker-type passes, Ginobili-type fearlessness, and showed with more time on the court, he could be a viable back up point guard for Parker.
De Colo asserting himself will be key to this season.
With Parker recovering from the European Championships, the Spurs are going to lean on him to temporarily fill in and give his fellow countryman some time to rest up.
All I can say is opportunity is knocking for De Colo. Is he ready to answer the call?
I'm not expecting much from Nando either. He certainly has the potential to be very productive, but since we have an abundance of undersized guards, he has to play exceptionally well to get some minutes. But by god, that pass to Boris against Washington is so damn pretty!
I agree with gymbear that Nando isn't likely to get that much time at PG. Pretty sure FO has already said as much this summer. as well. I'm rooting for NDC to do well, but I'm not expecting much.
Nando is a baller and he made mistakes you'd expect a guy like him to make coming over from Europe in his first year. The speed of the game is so much faster here than in Europe. The passes he made there he can't always make here and he has less time to get his shot off. I really like him because he has a pg's mind, sees the floor well and has length. I think his shot will improve.
That said, the Spurs asked him to play off the ball in summer league so I don't think they'll be looking at him so much as backup point as they are utility guy and there is a logjam of guys who can play the 1/2 with Manu and Marco on board. I just don't see how he fits in.
Which goes back to my theory: There were SO many rumors in the off season about the Spurs looking at vet pg's and big men. I think they have their backup sf in camp now. There was, however, a TON of smoke regarding vet backup pg's and vet bigs. Where there's smoke, there is fire.
So the theory: I think Nando and either PM or CJ (depends on what they can get) and perhaps Bonner, are all guys the Spurs could package to get what they want. I think one of their needs (either vet backup pg or vet big) will be found off the waiver wire. Some decent guy at one of those positions is going to be a salary cap casualty. If he's a Spur kind of guy, the Spurs go hard after him. I think it's more likely they find a reliable vet pg off the waiver wire.
Then: They can package Nando, a pg and a Bonner and get a pretty decent big man they can trust in the playoffs to add to the mix of TD, Tiago and Boris.
I think Pop is going to give one of our young pg's and Baynes and Ayers every opportunity to play during the regular season to prove themselves (and also spare the legs of some of our older guys)-but come playoff time when the rotation is shorter and Pop wants experience...I think one thing Pop resolved after Heat: Get a vet pg I can trust to drive the bus to save Tony's legs, and I also think he resolved to get another big who can grab boards. TD was the only big we had who was effective. Tiago wasn't. Boris played great D and hit some big shots but isn't a rebounder and Pop doesn't trust (rightly so) Bonner in those situations.
I like Nando-I just think he'll be in another uni soon, or at least before the trade deadline.
So torn, we see great highights like these, then watch the majority of the time when he play is so average or worse. Hard to see a role on this years team. Trade him to the Spurs east conference development team (76ers) for a 2nd rd pick so we can sign a backup SF, or keep him. So difficult.
that is a baller.. great video. Hopefully this season this translates into more consistency. I feel his soul just screaming saying "I am great. I just need more playing time to prove it.!"
@JeffProjectSpurs I think absolutely. And I think (going back to all the pg rumors over the summer as well as rumors about big men) that the Spurs are carefully biding their time, watching who's out there and they have plenty of trade material to get the 2 pieces they need to have depth and experience at every position). I think Nando is definitely one of the guys the Spurs can dangle. along with one of our young pg's and possibly Bonner, to get that piece-if 2 guys and Bonner, that could be one solid vet and a draft pick. I think they'll get one of their needs off the waiver wire. Some salary cap casualty.
Nando is just the odd man out at the 1 and 2 it would seem. But again, I sure like his potential and his length and the flashes of brilliance the guy shows. I think that's the enticing thing to some team too though.
@JeffProjectSpurs Yes, please