Last night in Milwaukee, former San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes was crowned as an NBA Champion. Forbes played in three of the team's six games against the Phoenix Suns, averaging three points and shooting 33% from deep. While Forbes was by no means a huge factor in the Bucks' Finals series, he was certainly a key component of them making it there.
Don’t let his near absence in the Playoffs steer you wrong. Forbes was a special piece coming off of Milwaukee’s bench in the regular season. In 19 minutes a night, he scored 10 points on the best shooting percentage of his short career. In terms of three-point percentage, he ended the regular season at fourth in the league this past season right behind his teammate Bobby Portis.
During the regular season, he continued to experience the defensive woes he did in San Antonio, but Milwaukee was able to compensate for that with a roster full of great defenders. Forbes left San Antonio to join a winning team and one of the NBA’s biggest stars. He also found a role that was much more fitting for him compared to his role with the Spurs. In Milwaukee, he was able to come off the bench and focus on doing what he does best: hit some deep bombs from three.
Giannis earned the Finals MVP award and honor while Kris Middleton and Jrue Holiday served as his supporting cast. Bobby Portis is also very deserving of a mention, particularly for his Game 6 performance.
Unlike the Nets or the Harden-era Rockets, Forbes and the Bucks play team basketball. The Bucks' victory in the Finals is a tremendous win for the organization, home-grown stars like Antetokoumnpo, and small-market teams like the Spurs. In Antetokoumnpo's words, "this is the hard way to do it, and [they] did it."
Bryn Forbes is well deserving of the title 'NBA Champion'
Forbes originally went undrafted and was given a chance in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs: famously one of the most team-oriented organizations in all of the sports. After spending time in the G-League and working his way to San Antonio, he gained enough recognition in the league to garner a fantastic short-term deal with the Bucks. The Bucks, like the Spurs, build through the draft and find complementary pieces in free agency.
Forbes plays team basketball and has always surrounded himself with those who do the same. His work ethic has taken him incredibly far, and he deserves all the praise in the world for what he's been able to accomplish in Milwaukee.
Bryn Forbes is a great teammate, an excellent shooter, and an NBA champion. I, along with everyone else at Air Alamo, am genuinely happy for him. We can only hope that he'll see more success in the near future.