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14. Nando de Colo
Uh-oh, De Colo. It seems as though any excitement felt towards the Spurs' 2012 summer addition has since disappeared.
Though Nando de Colo presents the team with a handful of benefits, namely his passing, a demoralizing preseason and a crowded backcourt seemingly guarantee that he will either spend his time in Austin or sporting street clothes during San Antonio's contests.
With inconsistent shooting and a penchant to turn the ball over, a miracle will have to occur for the point guard to garner any significant playing time.
13. Matt Bonner
The ever-popular Matt Bonner is likely suiting up for his final season in black and silver, though unfortunately a large portion of it will be spent on the bench.
Bonner brings little to the table outside of his three-point expertise. His lack of athleticism translates into an ineffective inside game and defensive effort as well as a disadvantage on the boards.
He is still useful as a scoring spark off the bench, and whenever the team is in need of another deep threat, No. 15 will be ready for action. With little else to offer, though, that number won't be called upon too often.
12. Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes should be—and may very well be—Gregg Popovich's next long-term project. The seven-foot gladiator undoubtedly has the physical tools to be a dominant inside presence on both ends. However, Baynes is raw and will need to polish his game significantly before he can rise up in the pecking order.
Still, he has shown glimpses of talent: His strength has awarded him with several rebounds and inside buckets, including a buzzer-beating game-tying tip-in against CSKA Moscow.
As a big body, Baynes will find himself with some playing time, though it won't be significant. As he grows as a player, however, keep an eye out for the backup to center to become a formidable role player.
11. Jeff Ayres
When San Antonio signed Jeff Ayres this summer, it came as a bit of a shock. Though the reasoning was clear—the inevitable vacancy of DeJuan Blair needed filling—his name was not one that was tossed around too often.
However, Ayres has used the preseason as a platform to stir up some excitement, showcasing numerous assets that will be helpful to the team.
He has shown a strong feel around the basket, in addition to a mid-range jump shot that is uncharacteristic of those with a similar build. He has also made an impact on the boards, and his hustle on defense allows him to remain a quality defender.
Even if he begins the season as a benchwarmer, it wouldn't be surprising if he becomes a leading bench contributor as the season picks up.