- Created on Friday, 07 December 2012 10:33
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Russell Banton
Nando DeColo is this year’s rookie in the spotlight for the San Antonio Spurs. So far this year his playing time has been a DNP-CD in five games and eight games of only garbage minutes. There were games against the Denver Nugget, Washington Wizards, and Orlando Magic that were blowouts in which he played around 16 minutes, and a Boston Celtics game with eleven minutes, but that is time he was unaware of before game time.
For Nando to have the proper preparation for regular rotation playing time he would need to know before the game that he would be used. With the two recent games in which Nando DeColo knew he would be playing we have a snippet of what could be expected of him if he were to have a regular role with the Spurs.
The recent games against the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks DeColo was made aware of his role in the rotation due to injuries or resting of starters. From these two games can we get an expectation?
In these two games he averaged 25 minutes played, shot 58% from the field, 50% from 3-point range, and 83% from the free throw line, very respectable indeed.
If Nando played at the same level when he is part of the regular rotation and got 38 minutes per game these would be averages:
Minutes played = 38
Field Goals Made = 5.25
Field Goals Attempted = 9
3-Pointers Made = 2.25
3-Pointers Attempted = 4.5
Free Throws Made = 3.75
Free Throws Attempted = 4.5
Rebounds = 5.25
Assists = 5.25
Steals = 1.5
Points = 16.5
DeColo does need to improve his assist to turnover ratio which for these two games is 5.25/3.75. His coach would not continue to give him regular minutes unless he controlled the ball better.
Overall, these are encouraging numbers for the future of this year’s rookie.