September 25, 2022

Veteran shooter Bryn Forbes has agreed to join the Minnesota Timberwolves on a minimum one-year contract, according to Athleticism Jon Krawczynski.

Forbes, a career 41.3% 3-point shooter, will be relied on to fill some of the shooting void left by Malik Beasley, who was part of the package Minnesota sent to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the three-time All-Star. Rudy. Gobert.

Current Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly traded for Forbes in January last season, when Connelly managed the Denver Nuggets, as part of a three-team deal with the Boston Celtics and Boston Celtics. San Antonio Spurs.

The former Michigan State star scored 8.6 points on 42.4 / 41.0 / 92.1 separate shooting, 1.0 assists, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 17.4 minutes per game in 35 games for the Nuggets last season.

2021 NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks, Forbes played in 20 playoff games, averaging 6.6 points on 41.1 / 37.1 / 75.0 shooting and 1.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game . During this run, Forbes accomplished a feat that Timberwolves fans will find amusing.

This is undoubtedly a good move for Connelly and his front office. Forbes is a proven playoff contributor who has shown a willingness to fill a specialist role as a consistently informed shooter. He maintained a season-long 3-point shooting average north of 38% in every season beyond his rookie year, a remarkable display of consistency over a span of six seasons.

I can’t even remember the last time Wolves brought in a legitimately useful player on a rookie deal, let alone someone who could end up playing rotational minutes for the better part of a season.

Forbes last season logged on 57 of 121 (47.1%) catch-and-shoot 3 and 33 of 84 (39.2%) off-screen shots, per InStat, but struggled to hit consistently shots in transfer situations, in which he shot 8/30 (26.7%). Given his contract and his place on the team behind Anthony Edwards and Jaylen Nowell, he probably won’t be asked to give Minnesota an off-dribble type of creation.

He’s fantastic at squaring his shoulders and feet when running off screens, and has a quick trigger to match, making him a guy who can benefit from running off screens from solid screeners and new acquisitions at Gobert and Kyle Anderson.

Forbes has good spatial awareness and floats well around players who also show up. If he shares the court with Karl-Anthony Towns in post-up situations without Gobert on the ground, he thinks it makes life easier for KAT as a playmaker with his back to the basket or in face-up situations. He stays ready to shoot, makes sure his teammates see him, and has a fast, repeatable shooting motion.

He was pretty good when partnered with DeMarcus Cousins, who thrived, he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans with Anthony Davis under then offensive coordinator Chris Finch. Obviously he’s a very different player now than he was then, but the familiarity is there.

Lineups featuring Forbes and Cousins ​​were 4.3 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents (74th percentile), with an offensive rating of 116.8 (83rd percentile) and a defensive rating of 112.5 (51st percentile), by Cleaning the Glass. Notably, they ranked extremely well in eFG% (56.3%, 90th percentile), offensive rebound rate (33.2%, 97th percentile), and offensive rebound rate allowed (21.3%, 97th percentile). ). Their connection also appears on the film.

While Forbes won’t set the world on fire, he’s an excellent value signing who both fills a need and fits the current core of Wolves players.