The San Antonio Spurs were dealt a heavy blow as the team announced point guard Dejounte Murray suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's preseason loss to the Houston Rockets.
Now with the team's point guard situation in flux, it could be all hands on deck as the team will have to adjust to life without Murray for what could be the entire 2018-19 NBA season.
Veteran Patty Mills and second-year pro Derrick White are the likely candidates to replace Murray but guard Bryn Forbes could be another option.
Over the offseason, Forbes hit the weight-room, and worked on his game to compliment his deadly-shooting stroke and his work is getting noticed.
“He’s improved every year," said Gregg Popovich to reporters following the Spurs' preseason win over Detroit. "He has developed playing in the G-League and he did get stronger."
The third-year guard averaged 6.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist last season after spending the bulk of his rookie season with the Austin Spurs.
Said Popovich, "He’s working very hard on defense to try to earn some minutes and everyone knows he’s a good shooter, so he’s done well.”
Though not a natural point guard, Bryn could find himself leading the charge once the regular-season gets underway. While in Austin, he has said the Spurs wanted him to focus on honing his point guard skills.
“It should, but it’s early," said LaMarcus Aldridge on Forbes added muscle after the team's preseason match against Houston. "He still has time to help it translate."
After the loss of Murray, it will be time for him to put everything he's worked on in the offseason on the court as life must go on sans the budding NBA star Murray.
Ultimately, Popovich will select the starting point guard when the preseason wraps up and the regular-season begins.
And with two more preseason games, Forbes will have his chance to make his case on both ends of the court to fill the void left by Murray.
"He works hard, and he’s motivated to be better every day. He’s going to listen and keep getting better," said Aldridge.
Said Popovich, “He’s stronger, so he doesn’t get knocked around as much.”