Oct 12, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Nando De Colo (25) shoots past Denver Nuggets guard Anthony Carter (5) during the first half at the AT

Spurs Player Power Rankings: Preseason Week 2 Edition

In the third installment of power rankings, newcomer Nando De Colo has vaulted to the 10th slot. Josh Powell, a week after jumping to 12th, has fallen back to 17th. The roster has been whittled down to 18 players following the release of forward Tyler Wilkerson. [Editor's note: These rankings -- which are a composite of the Air Alamo staff -- reflect current production, unless your are Tony Parker, and does not account for future/likely/unlikely progression.]

No. Player Prev
1. Tony Parker. Through three preseason games, Parker is averaging 6.7 points and 3.7 assists while shooting 31.6% from the field. 1
2. Tim Duncan. Duncan scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Spurs’ loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was used sparingly in the following game against Houston, missing one of six attempts. 2
3. Manu Ginobili. In regular season form, Ginobili is scoring from the perimeter at a deadly efficient rate. 3
4. Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi has missed 13 of 17 attempts in the last two exhibition games. It’s early but perhaps we should wait before we entrust Leonard with a more pronounced role in the offense. — Iksan 4
5. Danny Green. By burying 6-of-9 attempts on Sunday, Green finally put together an encouraging performance to take the sting off last year’s Western Conference finals. Dating back to Game 1, including the exhibitions against Denver and Atlanta, Green converted on 25.6% of his shots. 5
6. Stephen Jackson. Playing aggressive as always, Jack is still the edge the Spurs are hoping will give them advantage in high leverage situations. — Iksan 6
7. DeJuan Blair. The efficacy of Blair grows exponentially with an adept passer on the floor as evidenced by his rapport with Nando De Colo. 10
8. Gary Neal. Sure, Neal shoots a lot, averaging 10 attempts per game against the Hawks, Nuggets and Rockets but he is still in good shape for the back up point guard position. — Iksan 8
9. Boris Diaw. Still the incumbent at power forward and deservedly so after he dished five assists and grabbed six rebounds in 20 minutes at the Toyota Center. 7
10. Nando De Colo. The biggest riser of the week, De Colo seems poised for fun rookie season. — Iksan 14
11. Tiago Splitter. Splitter’s recovery from lingering back spasms has prevented him from logging more than 13 minutes of action in any game. 9
12. Cory Joseph. Joseph is to George Hill as De Colo is to Ginobili — they are similar players. Except that Joseph may have a better grasp for the position. 13
13. Eddy Curry. Curry’s propensity to foul (three personal fouls per game) is alarming even though he will never be confused for a solid defensive player. — Iksan 15
14. Matt Bonner. Hasn’t played much. Hasn’t produced much either. 11
15. Derrick Brown. His versatility to guard small forwards is his calling card, but do the Spurs like him enough to give him the final roster spot? — Iksan 17
16. Patty Mills. Mills (sprained right ankle) will likely play Saturday against the Miami Heat. His preseason debut could not come soon enough as the competition is heating up. 16
17. Josh Powell. After leading the Spurs in scoring against the Hawks, Powell earned seven minutes in the ensuing two games. — Iksan 12
18 Wesley Witherspoon. Led the team in scoring in his first game, possibly prolonging his swan song. 19

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