The 2013-14 NBA season will be one of continued growth and transition for San Antonio Spurs’ second-year guard Nando De Colo. He joined the team last season from France, and fluctuated in and out of the rotation before dropping out of it entirely once the playoffs began. De Colo will continue to experience some growing pains this year, but he needs to overcome them and prove his worth to the Spurs organization if he wants to solidify his spot for the future.
The Spurs drafted De Colo late in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft, so in making the team’s roster, De Colo has already surpassed the expectations of some. De Colo is a combo guard with good size (6-foot-5, 200 pounds). His strengths are his ability to create his own shot and make highlight-reel passes. He has good range from deep and can defend either guard position.
His negatives are that he does not defend either guard position very well, and that he often times tries to make too good of a pass, leading to a high-turnover rate. He is also not very athletic, a major detriment to any guard/wing player in today’s league.
The Spurs are quite good at the internal development of players, and De Colo should benefit greatly from his first year of experience with the team. He will likely continue to experience sporadic playing time, but should get a lot of run with the Spurs D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros. This year, De Colo should take this time to seriously work on improving some of the negatives if he wants to become an established player at the NBA level.