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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Easy Ways to Solve Shooting Issues

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1. Bryn Forbes Needs to Go

Bryn Forbes was snatched away from the Bucks as someone who was only supposed to be a shooter. He is undersized and not that aggressive so he can’t drive to the hoop effectively, and his defense is atrociously bad. Forbes is a shooter and not much more.

There are plenty of NBA players who carved out solid careers as not much more than knockdown shooters. Kyle Korver and Ray Allen come to mind. They are different from Bryn Forbes in one key way: they make shots. Bryn is 1-for-10 on his deep shots this year, which is laughably bad. Put any fan in a gym and they could probably shoot just as well, if not better.

In the preseason, it looked like Popovich and company had finally figured out Forbes as an off-ball player who can get open for easy shots. So far this season, that has been the role he’s been asked to play, which would be the perfect fit on this blistering team if he were able to do his role. Bryn Forbes is a shooter who can’t shoot.

I know, four games are such a small sample size to determine if someone should be off the team or not. But this is the big leagues, and there are plenty of other talented players on the bench who could take his minutes. The downside to Forbes’ ridiculously horrid start (aside from his performance) is his trade value is at an all-time low.

He could be a small part of a package to a team like the Suns, but his individual value is comparable to a top-40 protected pick. It just doesn’t make sense. The Spurs could eat his contract and cut him, but I expect he’ll be riding the bench elsewhere before the trade deadline.