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).
June 21, 2018Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
July 2, 2018Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets