Sharpshooter Bryn Forbes has put in a lot of hard work to go from an undrafted Summer League prospect to a vital part of the San Antonio Spurs rotation. In 2016, Forbes got the attention of a few NBA teams when he nailed 77 of 100 three-pointers at a pre-draft workout. Gregg Popovich and the Spurs, fortunately, beat everyone to the punch, signing the Michigan State guard to a partially guaranteed contract days after the draft.
Throughout his rookie season with San Antonio, Forbes followed the trajectory that many Spurs before him have taken. Forbes played heavy minutes in Austin developing his game while only playing spot minutes in the Alamo City.
The following season is when the 6-foot-3 shooting guard really started to show his potential. After playing in 36 games in the 2016-17 NBA season, Forbes would appear in 80 off the bench the following season, knocking down 89 three-pointers out of his 228 attempts (39%).
Forbes’ production would only continue to improve as he played in all 82 games last season, 81 as a starter. Averaging 28 minutes per game, Forbes improved in virtually every statistical category. His 42.6% shooting from deep was good for eighth in the league, as he hit 176-of-413 threes. His 11.8 points per game were fourth on the team behind LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay.
When Forbes has shooting nights like this one from last season, it’s hard to imagine how everyone seemed to miss him in the 2016 NBA Draft. His accuracy has only been getting better over time, and he demonstrated that in the preseason.
The 2019-20 Season: Bryn Forbes’ Biggest Role Yet
Nothing shows you’ve made it as a Spur more than getting your own role in H-E-B commercials. The grocery chain’s ads have become a staple in San Antonio and have featured all-time Spurs legends over the years. While it doesn’t seem like a big deal, the gesture is just another sign of how big Forbes is becoming for the Silver and Black.
Taking a look at the preseason, Forbes gave San Antonio plenty of reasons to be excited about his contributions going forward. After putting on some muscle last offseason, the 26-year-old appears to have done so again, and it’s paying off.
In addition to his outside shooting, Forbes had some strong drives to the hoop. He led the team in scoring in two of the Spurs’ five preseason games. All told, Forbes averaged 14.8 points in 21.1 minutes per game, while shooting 53.8% from the field and 55.6% from beyond the arc.
A backcourt with a legitimate three-point threat in Forbes plus an improving threat in Dejounte Murray could be a handful for opposing defenses that already have to deal with Aldridge and DeRozan. In a league where the outside shot is becoming more and more relied upon, Forbes’ role this season could be his biggest yet, and if his preseason play is any indication, he’s ready for the challenge.