San Antonio Spurs undrafted rookie Bryn Forbes shined in the Spurs 90-69 win over the Utah Jazz in the Utah Summer League opener.
Led by Kyle Anderson’s game-high 25 points as the Spurs pounded the Utah Jazz on Monday.
After a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with the Jazz leading, 24-23, the Spurs (1-0) asserted their dominance in the second quarter led by Anderson and Jonathon Simmons. They combined for 11 of San Antonio’s 26 points in the quarter to help stake the Spurs to a 49-40 halftime advantage.
The Spurs won the final two quarters, 41-29, to coast to the blowout victory.
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Anderson added seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. Simmons went 1-for-7 from beyond the arc but still totaled 18 points.Anderson and Simmons are going to be apart of the Spurs youth movement in San Antonio for years to come. Though they will show dominance during the Utah summer league, they have grown over the year after getting time in the NBA and developmental leagues.
Spurs undrafted rookie Bryn Forbes added 16 points and eight boards.
Forbes is going to be a player to watch for San Antonio. Pop’s advice to his undrafted rookie entering NBA summer league play.
“He just told me to shoot it”. He made 77 of 100 3-pointers at one of his pre-draft workouts for NBA teams — the most by any player this year, Forbes was told.
And while his 6-foot-3 frame and questions about his ball-handling kept him from being selected on draft night, his deft shooting was worth more than an NBA summer league invite.
Couch also went on to talk about his shooting from the floor while he was at Michigan State. He made better than 48 percent of his 3-pointers as a senior. Not every NBA roster has shooter like him.
He helped lead San Antonio to shoot 51.6 percent from the field while holding the Jazz to a 40.3 percent with Spurs suffocating defense. Utah also struggled from the foul line, making 46.2 percent (6-for-13), as it had trouble generating offense after its 24-point first quarter.
The Jazz (0-1) were led by sophomore Trey Lyles, who is coming off some NBA seasoning in 2015-16. The athletic big man posted a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double with a pair of assists. Olivier Hanlan had 11 points.
Both teams next play Tuesday with the Spurs facing the Philadelphia 76ers and the Jazz battling the Boston Celtics.