San Antonio Spurs: Bryn Forbes’ Domination of the Summer League

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 09: Bryn Forbes
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 09: Bryn Forbes /

The red-hot play of Bryn Forbes in the 2017 Summer League makes it worth taking a closer look at this San Antonio Spurs player.

The San Antonio Spurs have a roster of over one dozen players in the 2017 Summer League, but most won’t make the opening night lineup. To push for a roster spot in the Summer League, that player would need to put on a star-studded performance that separates from the bunch, kind of what Bryn Forbes has done through five games.

Forbes’ state line from the Utah and Vegas Summer Leagues jump out from the page, as he led the former in scoring and holds the same title in the latter (numbers are from five total games:

Utah Summer League: 29.7 MPG, 43.1 FG%, 21.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.3 SPG

Vegas Summer League: 29.0 MPG, 45.5 FG% 26.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 2.5 RPB, 2.0 SPG

The numbers are eye-opening, especially for someone who had as limited of a role as the Michigan State product had in the 2016-17 season. He played in just 38 games in the regular season, averaging 7.9 minutes and 2.6 points per game.

These numbers are against weaker competition, with the exception of a handful of draft picks and second-year pros that will make NBA rosters. So if Forbes looks to keep this up in the regular season — if he makes the Spurs — it will be against some of the top defensive players in the world, even in limited situations.

Pounding the Rock noted a concern with Forbes, as his defense is suspect. At 6-foot-3, he’ll have issues defending the larger two guards of the league unless he shows the athleticism to stay in front of them.

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Scoring is what will make or break Forbes in the NBA. If he can do it on a high level, then there will be a spot for him, for years to come. Other parts of his game are limited or don’t exist, so the projection for this 23-year-old is a bench scorer, averaging around 15-20 minutes per game.