San Antonio Spurs: Examining options at backup point guard

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Option 4: Forbes and Jones play together

The final option would involve both Jones and Forbes playing together in the second unit. While there are some notable negatives to the pairing, there are also several potential benefits. For instance, Jones would be able to expedite his development by playing consistent minutes as opposed to playing behind Murray and Forbes. It would also allow Forbes to play exclusively at shooting guard, while better shot creators handle the ball.

Additionally, White wouldn't have to play as much with the second unit. If White were forced to play a key role off the bench, he will likely be playing more minutes and have the ball in his hands even more often, which could also mean more chances for him to suffer an injury.

However, there are also some clear limitations to a second unit that features both Tre and Forbes. These limitations include a lack of size, a lack of rebounding, and a lack of rim protection with Devin and Thaddeus having to help defend the paint. It would also mean that both Samanic and Eubanks wouldn't be a part of the regular rotation despite Samanic's potential and Eubanks' energizing play last season.

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Ultimately, I expect Derrick to both start at shooting guard and also be the team's de facto backup point guard next season. As for Forbes and Jones, I'd expect Forbes to play alongside White in those bench lineups. While White rests toward the end of games, both Jones and Forbes will also likely play together to give White more energy for clutch time in the fourth quarter.