If three-point shooting is a premium in today's NBA, then Bryn Forbes is sitting pretty.
The sharp-shooting San Antonio Spurs guard can light it up from deep since entering the NBA.
Last season with the Spurs, he averaged 32% shooting from deep in the regular-season. With Austin in the G-League last season, he averaged 23.4 points off 50% shooting from the field and 46% from long-range.
Over the offseason, Forbes torched the 2017 Summer League. He was named to the 2017 All-NBA Summer League Second Team, leading all players who appeared in at least three games in scoring by averaging 26.0 points in five games for the Spurs in Las Vegas.
And his hot shooting and scoring continued this preseason.
Against Denver, he scored 20 points off 4-5 shooting from the 3-point line, showing just how valuable he will be for the Spurs in a 3-point-happy NBA.
“Yeah, I feel free to shoot the ball when I think I’m open," said Forbes after the preseason win versus Denver. "Coaches stressed that to me to shoot the ball when I’m open.”
From his confidence shooting the ball to Spurs coaching staff giving him the nod to fire away, Bryn could make a huge impact off the bench for San Antonio this season.
“He had a great summer league. He’s a guy we have a lot of confidence shooting the ball so anytime he sees daylight he’s got the green light,” said Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon.
Forbes can be bench firepower for San Antonio in the ultra-competitive West but like all players, he will need minutes on the court.
The team has a log jam at the guard spot. Danny Green, Derrick White, Manu Ginobili, Brandon Paul, and Darrun Hilliard make up the current Spurs guard corp.
Green, and Ginobili are a lock on the regular-season roster leaving Forbes to compete for a reserve spot.
However, that confidence he is carrying right now, his play this summer, and a full season under his belt with San Antonio and in the G-League learning the Spurs' system, San Antonio will be hard pressed to not give him some minutes and a spot on the roster.
“Basketball is a game of confidence and once he sees the ball going in at this level, against these defenders, that will be good for us and we’ll have that extra firepower coming off the bench," Hammon said.