The San Antonio Spurs have won just two of their first seven games, and all but one of them were winnable down the stretch. Monday's blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers showed what could happen when the team leaves their hustle and energy in the locker room, and it wasn't pretty. While that's a necessity going forward, so is the improved play of some guys who've had rough starts.
It's hard to expect this roster to click and execute for 48 minutes so quickly into the season, especially without a true proven All-Star on the roster. This column isn't meant to insinuate that these three players are wholly responsible for the Spurs' lackluster start. That can be attributed more to the overall lack of late execution as a team paired with a brutal opening schedule.
Still, the performances of these three have all been underwhelming in one way or another and certainly haven't helped the cause. Let's begin.
1. Bryn Forbes
The San Antonio Spurs brought Bryn Forbes back to do one thing: put the ball in the basket. More specifically, his shooting from beyond the arc was sorely needed. He then started the regular season making just one of his first 10 shots from deep.
I can't go too hard on Forbes though. In the last three games, he's hit on nine of his 14 attempts, which included a 3-of-3 night against the Pacers. That helped him bring his early 10% mark all the way up to the above-40% clip we're all expecting from him.
Still, the Spurs need Bryn to either be more efficient on offense or cut down on some of the head-scratching turnovers he's had early in the season. That or show some improvement defensively, but that's unlikely.
After averaging in double-figure points in each of the last three seasons, Forbes is at just 6.3 points per game through seven games this season. Granted, his minutes are expectedly down, but his per-36 minutes also show a decent dip in production.