The San Antonio Spurs are notorious for being one of the most active teams in the NBA with regard to assigning players to their D-League affiliate, and they’ve struck again on Friday.
The Spurs today re-assigned Nando De Colo and Malcolm Thomas to the Austin Toros, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 3, 2014
San Antonio has announced that they’ve sent both Nando De Colo and Malcolm Thomas across the state to join the Austin Toros, and it certainly isn’t the first tone. In fact, this will be the fifth stint with Austin for De Colo, and he’s been incredibly productive, averaging more than 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists per game with the Toros. It’s clear that Gregg Popovich and company simply want to keep him playing basketball regularly, and even though the competition level isn’t fantastic (as evidenced by the numbers), they have invested significantly in their 2009 2nd-round pick.
In the case of Thomas, the 2nd-year forward from San Diego State doesn’t have nearly the track record or investment that De Colo brings, but he’s also been assigned to Austin multiple times (4, to be exact), and he’s performed well. He is a pure insurance policy in case disaster strikes their (entire) front line, but it’s always good to keep assets developing.
Both players will be on the floor, according to official release, when the Toros play on Friday night.