Nando De Colo is officially a Spur
It’s a name we’ve been familiar with for some time and now we’ll become familiar with the face and the game. Nando De Colo has officially signed a contract with the Spurs. De Colo was a second round pick of the Spurs in 2009 (16 spots behind DeJuan Blair) and has had a decorated career overseas since then playing for Valencia among others.
Contract details were not announced by the team, but a post on the Valenica website mentioned De Colo signing a two-year deal.
De Colo comes to the Spurs with the ability to play both point guard and shooting guard. At 25 years old, I doubt De Colo will spend time in Austin this season. Most likely he’ll play spot minutes at the guard spots as he gets comfortable in the NBA. If and when the catastrophic injury to Manu Ginobili, that has become a yearly tradition since 2008, happens De Colo’s minutes will likely increase. For now, though, I would guess he is at the bottom of the depth charts at the 1 (behind Tony Parker and Patty Mills) and 2 (with Manu, Danny Green and Gary Neal likely ahead).
While my major concern about De Colo in the NBA is his foot speed, if we’ve learned anything over the years it’s to never doubt that savvy, skilled veteran players who join the Spurs from overseas.