Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Michigan State product took a leap in his second season. Bridges started all but one game as a sophomore, and his minutes jumped from 21.2 to 30.7. He averaged 13.0 points, 5.6 boards, 1.8 dimes and 1.5 threes -- all career highs. His field goal percentage declined as he nearly doubled his shot attempts from his first to second seasons, though his efficiency from the free-throw line and from three saw small increases. Bridges flashed his upside as a scorer and rebounder in a 10-game stretch from Jan 30 to Feb 25 in which he averaged 19.4 points, 6.7 boards and 2.3 triples. He posted 10 games of at least 20 points (including a career-high 31 on Nov 22 against Washington) and four double-doubles. Bridges won't have an easy time finding playing time this season, however, as the Hornets signed Gordon Hayward. PJ Washington had a great rookie season as well and could prevent Bridges from getting on the court. Bridges probably only makes for a deep-league option this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.96 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2018. Hornets exercised $3.93 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Hornets exercised $5.42 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Miles Emmanuel Bridges was born in 1998 in Flint, Michigan to Raymond and Cynthia Bridges. He started his high school career at the Flint Southwestern Academy and posted 10 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks per game. Bridges transferred to Huntington Prep School in West Virginia for his sophomore season and averaged 9.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.7 steals. As a junior, he displayed his versatility by recording 15.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 blocks per game. In his senior year, Bridges excelled by averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.0 steals. He was subsequently named to both the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-Star teams. You can follow him on Twitter (@MilesBridges) and Instagram (@milesbridges).

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A basketball generation before Bridges made his way from Flint to East Lansing, coach Tom Izzo won a championship with a group of players from Flint, including Charlie Bell. The high-flying forward scored 21 points in his collegiate debut in a loss against Arizona. It was the first of 10 games where he reached the 20-point plateau. He scored a season-high 33 points, including five three-pointers, in a January loss to Purdue. Bridges missed the majority of December with an ankle injury. He finished the season with averages of 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Although the Spartans were knocked out in the first weekend of the 2017 NCAA Tournament by Kansas, Bridges averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games. The forward returned for his sophomore season and put up similar numbers -- 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists per contest. The season did not end with more postseason success, but Bridges hit a trio of three-pointers in his last four games. He once again averaged 20.0 points in two NCAA Tournament games, but the Spartans were ousted by Syracuse in the Round of 32. Following the loss, the forward decided to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and made himself available for the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He was subsequently traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the pick before him, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Scores 23 points in loss
FCharlotte Hornets
May 19, 2021
Bridges recorded 23 points (10-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block across 37 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Pacers.
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Bridges carried the Hornets offensively in this game and finished just two boards away from posting a double-double, but his efforts were not enough and Charlotte was officially eliminated from the playoffs as a result. Even though the Hornets didn't crack the postseason, Bridges enjoyed a strong season and finished with career-high marks in rebounds (6.0), assists (2.2) and blocks (0.8) per game while also scoring 12.7 points per contest on 50.3 shooting from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
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2020

Bridges' third year in the league proved to be a crucial one for the former Spartan, as he earned a role in the starting lineup for the second half of the season thanks in most part due to his efficient shooting. The 23-year-old averaged 29.3 minutes per game on the season and appeared in 66 games. Bridges averaged 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. The forward made an impressive 50.3 percent of his shots from the field, which set a career-high for the young Hornet. One of the biggest bright spots in his game was his three-point shooting, as he boosted his efficiency by seven percent from the year before up to an exceptional 40 percent while attempting an average of 4.4 three-pointers each game. The former Michigan State standout set a new career-high of 33 points against the Nets on April 16, as he made an impressive 6-of-10 from behind the three-point arc. Another career night for the third-year player was Dec. 30, where Bridges grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and achieved a 20-point double-double against the Mavericks. Bridges recorded 11 double-doubles on the season and scored 20 or more points in 13 games. In his first-ever play-in game, the 23-year-old scored a team-high 23 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and a block against the Pacers on May 18. On the defensive end, the 6-foot-6 forward recorded a career-high four blocks in their regular season finale against the Wizards on May 16.

2019

Bridges appeared in all 65 games for the Hornets before the 2019-20 season was suspended. He averaged career-highs in points (13.0), rebounds (5.6), assists (1.8), threes (1.5) and blocks (0.7) and minutes (30.7) per game. He shot 42.4 percent from the field and career highs in both three-point percentage (33.0) and free-throw percentage (80.9). Bridges also set new single-game career highs in points (31), rebounds (15), assists (seven), threes (six) and steals (four). His 31-point effort against the Wizards on Nov. 22 was arguably his best all-around performance of the season. Bridges shot 12-of-21 from the field, 3-of-7 from three and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, to go with eight rebounds (three offensive) and three steals in 35 minutes. Bridges had 10 performances with 20-plus points, four efforts with at least 10 rebounds (all double-doubles) and three efforts with five-plus assists. The Michigan State product also had seven efforts with multiple steals and 13 games with multiple blocks. Bridges made at least three triples in 11 contests.

2018

Bridges' rookie season got progressively better as the year went on. Bridges averaged 7.3 points in 20.4 minutes over the course of his first 20 games of the season. In his final 20 contests, he improved to 10.0 points in 27.3 minutes per game. Bridges posted double digits in scoring in 11 of his last 20 games, including back-to-back 18-point efforts against Cleveland and Orlando to close out the season. The Michigan State product was more than a one-trick pony. He made legitimate contributions in rebounding (4.0), assists (1.2), and steals-plus-blocks (1.3). Bridges posted 22 boards over a two-game span against Philadelphia and Minnesota in March. Unlike many incoming first-year players, Bridges was an efficient shooter. He posted quality numbers from the field (46.4 percent), three-point land (32.5 percent), and the foul line (75.3 percent).

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2018
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 12th overall pick in 2018, Bridges had a solid rookie season. Once the Hornets were clearly out of postseason contention, he was given more run, securing 25 starts and 10 games seeing at least 30 minutes. In those 10 games, Bridges averaged 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Though he was a low-usage player as a rookie, taking 10.8 shots per 36 minutes, he posted quality efficiency with shooting splits of 46.4 FG%, 32.5 3P% and 75.3 FT%. With the Hornets' two leading scorers from last season (Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb) moving on, Bridges may be asked to handle a bigger offensive burden in 2019-20. On one hand, based on Bridges' rookie year, we shouldn't expect him to turn into a volume scorer. On the other hand, someone has to take shots for this Hornets team, and it can't just be Terry Rozier and Nicolas Batum. It's tough to gauge what to expect from Bridges in Year 2, but it's nearly a guarantee he'll take on some sort of expanded role, making him an intriguing late-round flier.
Bridges, who played two seasons at Michigan State, was acquired via trade by the Hornets on draft night after being selected with the 12th overall pick by the Clippers. Voted Consensus All-American Second Team during his sophomore year, Bridges averaged 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He also shot 45.7 percent from the field and hit 2.1 threes per game at 36.4 percent. Though he shot just only 34.2 percent from the field in summer league, he showed off his versatility. In five games, he averaged 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks. Heading into his rookie campaign, Bridges should have the opportunity to compete for minutes at both forward spots, with immediate competition being Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminsky, who each saw sixth-man minutes last season. It’s unlikely he'll be Fantasy relevant in standard leagues, but could be worth keeping tabs on in the case of any injuries to rotational players on the Hornets.
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Blocks four shots in narrow loss
FCharlotte Hornets
May 16, 2021
Bridges finished with 17 points (6-18 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds and four blocks in 40 minutes during Sunday's 115-110 loss to the Wizards.
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No minutes limit Sunday
FCharlotte Hornets
May 16, 2021
Bridges will not have a minutes limit in Sunday's game against the Wizards, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Coming off bench
FCharlotte Hornets
May 15, 2021
Bridges (COVID-19 protocols) will come off the bench Saturday against the Knicks, Rod Boone of SI.com reports.
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Cleared to play
FCharlotte Hornets
May 15, 2021
Bridges (COVID-19 protocols) has been cleared to play Saturday against the Knicks.
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Now ruled out
FCharlotte Hornets
Covid-19
May 14, 2021
Bridges (COVID-19 protocols) will not play Saturday against the Knicks.
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