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Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News wonders if Spurs shooting guard Bryn Forbes can retain the deft stroke he showed in the Spurs’ recent 135-133 double overtime defeat of the Rockets. 

Forbes nabbed 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including a sparkling 5-of-6 from deep.

If Forbes can shoot well enough, he should remain entrenched as the Spurs’ starting two-guard. Forbes expressed confidence that he could. 

“I’ve put in a lot of work,” Forbes said, “and I don’t do it to miss shots.” 

There’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks‘ 7-foot-3 sharp-shooting, shot-blocking “Unicorn,” has adapted his game since being traded from the Knicks. The explosiveness of his triple-doubling teammate Luka Doncic has impacted how KP can best help in Dallas. The Athletic’s Shams Charania unpacks how the 24-year-old Porzingiz has adapted his shot profile and playmaking after signing a five-year, $158M extension in July. “Some nights I get more opportunities and some nights I don’t get as many opportunities,” Porzingis told Charania. “But most nights, we give Luka the ball and let him go.”
  • Ahead of what would become a 115-109 Rockets victory Saturday night, Rockets guard Austin Rivers had high praise for Suns coach Monty Williams. Williams served as Rivers’ first head coach when both were with the Pelicans (then the Hornets). The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen quotes Rivers as crediting Williams with helping to develop his defense. “I’ll tell you, in terms of on-the-ball defense, I think I’m as good as anybody,” Rivers reflected. “I really do give credit to Monty. He was so on me about defense, it’s all I thought about.” Rivers re-signed with the Rockets this summer on a two-year,$4.5M veteran’s minimum contract.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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Can you name every New York Knicks first-round pick in the lottery era?

An asterisk (*) indicates the player was traded before playing with the Knicks. A double-asterisk (**) indicates the player never played in the NBA. 

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2019 / #3 / SF
RJ Barrett
2018 / #9 / PF
Kevin Knox
2017 / #8 / PG
Frank Ntilikina
2015 / #4 / PF
Kristaps Porzingis
2013 / #24 / SG
Tim Hardaway Jr.
2011 / #17 / SG
Iman Shumpert
2009 / #8 / PF
Jordan Hill
2008 / #6 / SF
Danilo Gallinari
2007 / #23 / SF
Wilson Chandler
2006 / #20 / SF
Renaldo Balkman
2006 / #29 / SG
Mardy Collins
2005 / #8 / PF
Channing Frye
2005 / #30 / PF
David Lee
2003 / #9 / PF
Michael Sweetney
2002 / #7 / C*
Nene
2000 / #22 / PF*
Donnell Harvey
1999 / #15 / C**
Frederic Weis
1997 / #25 / C*
John Thomas
1996 / #18 / SF
John Wallace
1996 / #19 / PF
Walter McCarty
1996 / #21 / SF*
Dontae Jones
1994 / #24 / SF
Monty Williams
1994 / #26 / PG
Charlie Ward
1992 / #20 / SG
Hubert Davis
1991 / #12 / PG
Greg Anthony
1990 / #17 / PF
Jerrod Mustaf
1988 / #19 / PG
Rod Strickland
1987 / #18 / PG
Mark Jackson
1986 / #5 / SF
Kenny Walker
1985 / #1 / C
Patrick Ewing

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