In all fairness Dejounte Murray has sat out a few summer league games while Bryn Forbes has played in every game, but in the games that Murray did play in he hasn’t shown much. His offense has been flat and his turnovers have been an problem as well. Forbes on the other hand has been on a offensive tear, averaging 20 plus points per game. He has been almost unstoppable and has displayed an explosiveness that Murray hasn’t shown recently. Murray does have the edge with NBA experience though.
Forbes had an awesome showing in the summer league but was it a fluke? Did he just happen to get hot from the field at the right time? Basketball is a sport where it is sometimes hard to decipher through the stat sheet and identify what is talent and what is essentially luck. One thing that is working in Forbes favor is that his offense was clicking at multiple spots on the floor. He was able to hit his shot off the dribble, he was able to drive, and he was able to hit from behind the arc. He shot around 45% from the field and 36% from the three-point line, the latter could have been better.
1) Translate to NBA?
At the end of the day can Forbes translate his improved game to the NBA and particularly within the Spurs system? Or is Forbes recent success based around the fact that he was able to be the main guy on offense in the Summer League? Can he contribute with limited offensive opportunities? He does seem to have the ability to hit open shots and score in bunches something that will be lacking for the Spurs at the point guard position early next season. Sure the Spurs still have Patty Mills but will be without Tony Parker, making Forbes’ offensive contribution a little more valuable than before.