Gary Forbes

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Gary Forbes
Atenienses de Manatí
Position Small forward
League BSN
Personal information
Born (1985-02-25) February 25, 1985 (age 30)
Colón, Panama
Nationality Panamanian
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Benjamin Banneker Academy
(Brooklyn, New York)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2008–2009 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2009 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (Philippines)
2009 Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela)
2009–2010 Vanoli Cremona (Italy)
2010 Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel)
2010–2011 Denver Nuggets
2011–2012 Toronto Raptors
2012–2013 Zhejiang Lions (China)
2013–2014 Springfield Armor (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Gary Orlando Forbes (born February 25, 1985) is a Panamanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atenienses de Manatí of the BSN. The 6 ft 7 in, 220 lb (100 kg) small forward played college basketball initially at the University of Virginia, then transferred to the University of Massachusetts following his sophomore season at Virginia.

High school[edit]

Forbes and his mother moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was a child.[1] He went on to attend and play basketball at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn. He scored 1,512 points and grabbed 766 rebounds during his high school career, and established career records for points, rebounds and blocked shots. In local awards, he was selected the Newsday Player of the Year in Brooklyn as a senior, nominated for City Player of the Year, and earned first-team All-City and All-Tri-State honors. He was also a McDonald's All-American finalist.[2]

As a junior, Forbes averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists a game. As a senior, he averaged 31 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots a game. That year, he scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Benjamin Banneker's 75-69 loss to Lincoln High School in the Public School Athletic League "A" Championship game at Madison Square Garden.[2]


Forbes was ranked as the #4 shooting guard, and the #20 overall prospect on ESPN's Top 100 for the incoming class of 2003.[3][4] He committed to play at the University of Virginia, after also receiving scholarship offers from Georgia Tech and Mississippi State.[5] Coach Pete Gillen's group of newcomers was ranked #17 on the list of top recruiting classes on[6]

As a freshman in 2003-04, Forbes played in all of Virginia's 31 games, starting in 17. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He finished second on the team in blocked shots (28) and steals (30).[2] Tallied 22 points (season high) and 9 rebounds against Minnesota in the ACC – Big Ten Challenge.[7] As a sophomore in 2004-05, Forbes played in 29 games, started 4, and averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Scored 23 (season high), on 8-11 shooting, in a loss at #4 North Carolina.[8] After starting the game at Duke, Forbes tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.[9]

Gillen resigned from Virginia after the end of the 2004-05 season, and Forbes decided to transfer out of the school. He transferred to the University of Massachusetts, and due to NCAA transfer rules, he was forced to sit out the 2005-06 season.

In the 2006-07 season, his first with the Minutemen, Forbes started in 23 of the team's 33 games. Playing behind established seniors Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme, Forbes still averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He scored a career high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a game at Temple.[10] Forbes scored 20 or more points on three other occasions and snared 16 rebounds in a game versus Richmond.[11] Helped the Minutemen win their first Atlantic 10 title since the 1995-96 season. UMass also advanced to the second round of the NIT, their first post-season play since the 1999-2000 season.

Coming into his senior year in 2007-08, Forbes was named to Preseason Atlantic 10 Third Team.[12] By the end of the regular season, he was averaging 20.3 points per game, tied for the league lead in scoring with Temple's Dionte Christmas.[13] Forbes scored 25 or more points on six occasions, including a 29 point high at Northern Iowa. The A-10 honored him as the league's Player of the Year, and also placed him on the all-conference First Team.[13] Forbes helped UMass make a deep run in the NIT, advancing past Syracuse, two-time defending NCAA champion Florida, and on to the final before falling to Ohio State. He was named to the NIT's All-Tournament team.[2]

Forbes scored a total of 1,639 points over his college career (698 at Virginia, 1,128 at UMass).

2007 FIBA Americas Championship[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Gary played for Panamanian National Team in the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas. In four games with the team he averaged 17.8 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. He scored a game high 29 points against Argentina. He was also named to the Panama team for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Professional career[edit]

After UMass, Forbes participated in the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando in the summer of 2008.[14] However, he was not selected in the 2008 NBA Draft. The Washington Wizards invited him to participate in their summer mini-camp, and he played in all 5 games, but he only averaged 3.8 points and 0.6 rebounds per game.[15]

In August 2008, Forbes had signed with Italian club Basket Napoli, but the team soon dissolved.[16]

Forbes was selected as the #4 overall pick in the NBA Development League's 2008 draft, by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[17] In the D-League's 2008-09 season, he played 22 games for Sioux Falls before being traded to the Tulsa 66ers, where he played in 30 games.[18] Overall that season, Forbes averaged 17.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.[19] He also participated in the league's All-Star weekend, finishing third in the Three Point Shootout.[20]

Forbes then played several short stints with international clubs.

  • May 2009: played for the Talk N Text Tropang Texters club in the Philippines. Played in 2 games, averaged 27.5 ppg.[21]
  • May/June 2009: played for Carabobo Globetrotters in Venezuela. Played 5 games.[22]
  • July 2009: played in the NBA's Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers.[23]
  • July 2009: signed with Italian club Soresina.[24]
  • August 2009: signed with Italian club Gruppo Triboldi.[25]
  • 2009-10: played for Italian club Vanoli Cremona. Played in 15 games, averaged 13.3 ppg.[26]
  • 2010: played for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in the Israeli Basketball Super League. The club started 2-11 before Forbes joined, then went 4-5 the rest of the regular season with him. Forbes scored 28 in his team debut,[27] then went on to average 20.3 ppg (best in the league).[26][28] However, the team's poor season record forced them to the Relegation Playoffs, where they lost their series, and would be demoted to the National League in the 2010-11 season.

In July 2010, Forbes returned to the US for another shot at the NBA. He was invited to play with the Houston Rockets on their summer league team in Las Vegas.[29] Forbes played in 4 of the team's 5 games, averaging 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.[30]

On September 18, 2010, the Denver Nuggets invited Forbes to training camp.[31] Playing in 8 games, Forbes averaged 19.0 minutes, 10.1 points, and 2.9 rebounds per game. He survived pre-season cuts and made the season roster.[32][33]

On December 10, 2011 Forbes signed an offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors.[34] On December 13, 2011, Forbes was officially signed by the Raptors.[35]

On July 11, 2012, Forbes was traded to the Houston Rockets along with a future first round pick for Kyle Lowry.[36] He was waived by Houston on October 29, 2012.[37]

In December 2012, Forbes joined the Zhejiang Lions club in the Chinese Basketball Association. He replaced Al Thornton on the team.[38]

In September 2013, Forbes signed with the Brooklyn Nets.[39] However, he was waived on October 17.[40]

On November 1, 2013, he was acquired by the Springfield Armor.[41] On January 3, 2014, he was waived by the Armor due to a season-ending injury.

Personal life[edit]

Forbes has type 1 diabetes, which has a history in his family. He was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 19, initially keeping the diagnosis secret out of fear that it would affect his career prospects.[42][43] He has five older siblings.[2]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2010–11 Denver 63 11 12.6 .454 .328 .678 1.8 .8 .4 .1 5.2
2011–12 Toronto 48 2 14.9 .413 .349 .725 2.1 1.1 .5 .1 6.6
Career 111 13 13.5 .434 .340 .702 2.0 .9 .4 .1 5.8


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