In this series, Jameson Draper will be firing up his Crystal Ball and diving into the 4 Spartans that signed pro contracts this week. He is going to attempt to predict the future and tell you what their NBA careers are going to look like. You can read predictions of Denzel Valentine here and Deyonta Davis here.
Bryn Forbes - Signed in free agency by the San Antonio Spurs
Going undrafted is never a good feeling, but the silver lining is that it gives players more of a choice of where they land. The day after the draft, former Spartan sharpshooter Bryn Forbes was signed to a Summer League contract by R.C. Buford, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. I can't think of a better fit for Forbes.
First, any player that is signed to the Spurs tends to be much better than expected. Kawhi Leonard was the 15th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft whose ceiling was a Gerald Wallace-type player. Five years later, and Kawhi Leonard is a top-five NBA player, finishing second in MVP voting. In 1999, the Spurs drafted an unknown Argentinian kid namedManu Ginobili with the 57th overall pick in the draft. 17 years later, he's a lock for the Hall of Fame. With the 46th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliersdrafted shooting guard Danny Green. After playing 20 games, the Cavs waived him. The Spurs signed Green the following season, and a year later, he found himself in the starting lineup of a team that made the Western Conference Finals. After going undrafted in 2012, shooting guard Jonathan Simmons went to play in the American Basketball League. After his short stint in the ABL, Simmons tried his hand in the NBA Developmental League. The Spurs took notice and invited him to play on their Summer League team. He subsequently signed to the Spurs and became an essential role player this year on a 67-15 team.
The moral of the story is that being on the Spurs can really help a young player's career. Popovich runs his team like a machine; aside from the stars, each player on the Spurs has a role that they learn to excel in while honing other skills, eventually becoming well-rounded. If he keeps his roster spot past Summer League, Forbes will make an immediate impact on the Spurs as a three-point specialist (a la Danny Green). Popovich will surely work on Forbes' defensive skills, as he has shown potential to become a serviceable defensive players in his years at MSU.
Best case scenario: Danny Green
Worst case scenario: A deep bench player who is brought in to hit threes and nothing else.
Verdict: The NBA is a 3-point shooting league. It's as simple as that. We're at a point where a player can make a living in the NBA solely off of 3-point shooting, which is why I think Bryn Forbes will find a niche role on an NBA team somewhere down the road.