Miles Bridges

Miles Bridges

23-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bridges made steady improvement for a third straight season last year, and he was part of one of the most explosive and entertaining alley-oop connections in the league with LaMelo Ball. The biggest improvement in Bridges' game was improved efficiency. While his points per game dropped marginally from 13.0 to 12.7, the forward nearly shot 50/40/90, going 50/40/87. Aside from his 12.7 points, he averaged career-highs in 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists while contributing a nice 1.5 combined blocks-plus-steals. That allowed him to rank 95th on a per-game basis. Bridges also benefited from Gordon Hayward missing time, with Bridges drawing 19 starts in 66 appearances. However, Bridges might have trouble reaching the 29.3 minutes per game he saw in 2020-21. In addition to Hayward starting the season healthy, the Hornets added Kelly Oubre in the offseason, who has positional overlap with Bridges at small forward. The hope for Bridges is that P.J. Washington plays a lot of small-ball center, opening up the wing for Bridges to still find near-starter's minutes. Fantasy managers have justification to take Bridges inside the top 100, but there probably isn't much upside unless another forward suffers a significant injury. 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/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

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FCharlotte Hornets
December 6, 2021
Bridges closed Monday's 127-124 overtime loss to the 76ers with 16 points (6-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and six assists in 43 minutes.
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Bridges didn't have his best night shooting, but he contributed across the board for fantasy managers, as has been the case throughout the first few months of the 2021 season. The 23-year-old is putting up 20.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 36.6 minutes through 26 contests. He's seen 40-plus minutes in back-back games, and Monday's assist total was his highest since Nov. 24.
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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.
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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Leads the way Sunday
FCharlotte Hornets
December 5, 2021
Bridges logged 32 points (11-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, four assists, one block and three steals in 40 minutes during Sunday's 130-127 victory over Atlanta.
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Efficiency improves Saturday
FCharlotte Hornets
November 27, 2021
Bridges notched 22 points (8-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and two assists over 33 minutes during Saturday's 146-143 overtime loss to the Rockets.
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Scores 35 points
FCharlotte Hornets
November 21, 2021
Bridges logged 35 points (15-28 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes during a 115-105 loss Saturday at Atlanta.
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Double-double in win
FCharlotte Hornets
November 17, 2021
Bridges totaled 17 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and one block over 37 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Wizards.
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Secures eight rebounds
FCharlotte Hornets
November 14, 2021
Bridges accumulated 22 points (9-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 42 minutes during Sunday's 106-102 win over the Warriors.
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