There’s been an undeniable connection between the ascension of San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes and assistant coach Becky Hammon over the last three years.
Hammon went undrafted, but after different stints in Hammon’s career, she began a new chapter to her basketball career as a San Antonio Star (Now the Las Vegas Aces). Pushing the Stars to multiple playoff appearances, Hammon proved her talent with her signature “Scoop Shot” while averaging 18.8 points per game.
Although Hammon was unable to secure a championship, her accolades include an MVP trophy, six WNBA All-Star appearances, two selections to the All-WNBA First Team and two selections to the All-WNBA Second Team. She broke typical NBA standards by becoming the first female full-time assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.
Hammon broke barriers in her debut as the Spurs’ NBA Summer League Head Coach in 2015. “I grew a lot, just in my first go round,” Hammon said to the media. Coach Hammon led the Spurs to a victory over the Phoenix Suns.
The following Summer, a shooting guard named Bryn Forbes appeared on San Antonio’s radar. Like Hammon, Forbes was undrafted and showed potential to the team during his NBA Summer League showcasing.
Hammon has become instrumental in developing Forbes game. Forbes was recognized for the record amount of three-pointers he made in his final year of college at Michigan State.
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The transition from college to professional basketball didn’t deter Forbes from evolving his game and Hammon has been an active part of Forbes’ progression.
Working alongside Hammon, Forbes continues to elevate his game. Forbes has improved his three-point percentage, increased his assists per game and has managed opponents well with his block and steal numbers rising.
By polishing his format and adding more skills to his natural basketball talent, with similarities to Hammon’s offense that couldn’t be stopped by opponents much taller than her, Forbes is on his way to becoming a silent threat for the Spurs.
Their commonalities of being undrafted savages on the court but most importantly, their relentless efforts towards their journey to the NBA is remarkable.
Forbes being Hammon’s protégée opens endless possibilities to future players and changes the game on many different levels.