The Denver Nuggets have tapped Bryn Forbes as their flagship acquisition of the 2021-22 trade deadline. As an effective point guard and leading scorer, the Nuggets were also able to use Forbes as an element of depth to help offload the loss of Jamal Murray.
After a productive stint with the San Antonio Spurs to start the season, Forbes picked up where he left off when he arrived in Denver. He hit his three-pointers at a remarkably efficient pace after being immediately implemented into the rotation.
When the Nuggets needed a quick offensive outing in the second half of the season, they turned to Forbes. And when they got to the playoffs, Forbes continued that role while showing much improved defensive chops.
Forbes has certainly made the most of his opportunities with the Nuggets despite only making his senior debut in late January.
Forbes season timeline
Forbes spent the first three months of the 2021-22 season with Spurs, where, in a consistent role, he was one of the team’s most explosive attacking weapons. However, as the trade deadline approached, Forbes was dealt to the Nuggets.
His arrival in Denver is part of the three-team deal that sent PJ Dozier and Bol Bol to the Boston Celtics.
From there, it didn’t take long for Forbes to make an impact. His first double-digit scoring deal came in his second game with the Nuggets, a 12-point performance on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-5 on three.
His best performance of the season came less than two weeks into his Nuggets tenure. Despite losing to the Utah Jazz on February 2, Forbes scored 26 of 10 for 13 from the field and 4 for 5 of three.
In Forbes’ first 15 games with the team — between the trade and the All-Star Break — Forbes averaged 10.6 points per game, reaching double that seven times.
After the break, his production slowed down slightly. However, Forbes retained his effective shooting numbers and a positive mentality despite the role switch, ultimately gaining playoff minutes.
He played 15.3 minutes per game in his five playoff appearances, shooting 36.4% from three and – as mentioned before – playing a stronger-than-expected defense against. the three-headed monster of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole.
Facts and figures
Forbes appeared in 35 games for the Nuggets, appearing as a starter in one. He averaged 17.4 minutes per game over that span and scored 8.6 points per game.
His shooting gaps were impressive, which has become the norm in his career. Forbes shot 42.4% from the field, 41.0% from three and 92.1% from the free throw line.
Among Nuggets players who played at least 20 games, Forbes had the third-highest three-point percentage.