San Antonio Spurs All-Time Lists

The 5 Best Summer League Spurs of all time

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3. Bryn Forbes, 2016 and 2017

I know we all love to rag on Bryn Forbes because he doesn’t play defense, but he is an NBA Champion. He is also a member of the 2017 All-Summer League Second Team, so you tell me which one he is more proud of. 

Forbes edges out Gee because he was able to average a whopping 18 points across 16 Summer League games, which solidifies him second on the all-time Spurs scoring list. Forbes was not a great defender in the summer, but he shot 39% from deep, and that makes up for his defensive woes. 

In a three-game stretch in 2017, Forbes scored 35, 35, and 29 against the 76ers, Trail Blazers, and Pelicans. It was one of the greatest offensive stretches in Spurs' history, but people tend to forget about it. I can’t imagine why. 

Based on his Summer League play, it was clear that Forbes would be an average NBA role player. He had some excellent strengths and glaring weaknesses, so despite any biases this fanbase may have against him, Forbes got started with a bang and made a career shooting the ball. 

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2. Jonathon Simmons, 2015 and 2016

I loved Jonathon Simmons. It’s a shame he never really worked out in the NBA because he was the most fun player on those “boring” Spurs teams. He played three Summer League games with the Nets, and they were solid, but for the sake of this list, I’m only considering his time with the summer Spurs. 

Simmons is third all-time in summer scoring, but he edges out Forbes because he hustled more, chased rebounds, made better passes and choices with the ball, and was a defensive pest. Plus, Forbes may have an NBA ring, but Simmons was Finals MVP in the 2015 Summer League Championship. So really, who comes out ahead? 

Simmons was never a great shooter, but he used his size to get to the basket and make easy shots, and then that skill translated to his NBA game. He was never one to wait around the arc, instead opting to put his head down and drive. He was a poor man’s Keldon Johnson, and for two short seasons, Spurs fans loved him. 

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