Nando De Colo comes into this year’s San Antonio Spurs season with a great deal of expectations on his shoulders. Even though the team is stacked at the guard position, he’s going to be expected to contribute right away because Spurs fans have been waiting to see what he can do since he was drafted back in 2009.
No doubt Coach Popovich will ride the hot hand at the guard spot. De Colo will be competing with Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Gary Neal at shooting guard and since he can play a little at the point as well, he’ll be backing up Tony Parker and Patty Mills.
De Colo seems to be ready for the challenge and excited for his first opportunity in the NBA.
“I am delighted to be here in San Antonio and could start the season with this team,” said de Colo. “It's a new experience for me, with many goals. I'll wait to see what the coach wants from me and I will train hard to earn my place. Yes, the truth is that there are many players in both positions, but as I said before, I will see what position the coach needs me and I'll train hard to develop my game.”
Coach Pop always seems to find ways to turn a seemingly unfortunate situation to his advantage. The Spurs are so overloaded with guards but thin in the post, so fans have to hope they can find a way to play small ball or some other option that uses their depth.
Nando De Colo could be a big part of the team’s success this year, but I guess if it doesn’t work out, they have plenty of other guards to fall back on.