Nando de Colo spent his first NBA season last year with the San Antonio Spurs, joining a platoon of backup point guards. Though not much was consistent about the Spurs’ rotation at the position, de Colo settled into somewhat of a consistent role as a 25-year-old rookie in the league.
The native of France played in 72 games averaging 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 steals in only 12.8 minutes per game while shooting a solid 43.6 percent from the floor and 37.8 percent from three-point range. With the departure of Gary Neal, that should open up a larger role for de Colo this season.
One of the most notable things about de Colo last season, though, was that it was hard to predict how he would perform. One game he would come in and look like a potential super role player in this and the next game would come out and you would wonder what he was doing in the league. That type of play has continued for de Colo at Eurobasket 2013 while playing for France.
Still largely playing behind Parker for France, de Colo has averaged 20.6 minutes per game over the five games he’s played in the tournament. In those games he has averaged 7.6 points, two rebounds, one assists and 1.4 steals per game. The most perplexing part about de Colo’s performance is the fact that he has shot only 22.2 percent on two-point attempts in the tournament, but has shot a fantastic 52.9 percent from long-range.
There’s no doubt that de Colo is a solid shooter that, if he develops more areas of his game, could be a solid bench contributor for San Antonio. However, he needs to further develop and become more consistent when give the opportunity. If he his play is indicative of his potential, though, it’s pretty much a crap-shoot at this point as to how his NBA career will turn out.
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