Bryn Forbes will likely start at point guard for Spurs
Following a slew of injuries to the San Antonio Spurs’ top-choice point guards, third-year player Bryn Forbes is now expected to take the primary ball-handling duties for the Greg Popovich-led squad.
According to Jabari Young, beat writer for The Athletic, Forbes will take on the role of starting point guard for the foreseeable future.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) October 14, 2018
After injuries to Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV, and Derick White, there were speculations that the Spurs would consummate a trade for a seasoned floor general or promote long-time bench player, Patty Mills, to a starting gig.
However, Mills has expressed a preference to instead lead the bench mob and punish opposing second units with his accurate outside shot and playmaking ability, much like how Manu Ginobili once did so effectively.
This leaves only Forbes as the obvious choice.
The former Michigan State Spartan has spent the last two seasons with the Spurs and produced averages of 5.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in just under 16 minutes per contest. Despite these seemingly underwhelming numbers, Forbes has exhibited an ability to create his own shot and play for his teammates during the preseason.
Once he gets more acclimated to the system, we should see greater strides in his progress.
Besides Bryn Forbes, the Black and Silver will also lean heavily on DeMar DeRozan and Pau Gasol’s playmaking to fill the void left by their three injured guards. Both players have shown the willingness to make the extra pass and create opportunities for others.
Still, if there’s any team that can get through this challenge, it’s probably the Spurs. Anytime Pop is at the helm, you always have a fighting chance.