Mikal Bridges
Mikal Bridges
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bridges is coming off a healthy and productive rookie season where he appeared in all 82 games for the Suns while also making 56 starts. He ended with averages of 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals across 29.5 minutes per game. He shot 33.5 percent from behind the arc on 3.8 attempts per game and 43 percent from the floor overall. Entering his second NBA season, Bridges is looking at what will likely be a role off the bench for Phoenix, as star shooting guard Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre are expected to be locked in as starters on the wing to open the campaign. Beyond that, it doesn't appear Bridges will be facing much competition for playing time, especially with fellow wing Josh Jackson being traded to Memphis this offseason, so Bridges should still see plenty of minutes as a key reserve for the rebuilding Suns. Additionally, Booker has played 54 and 64 games in each of the last two seasons respectively due to injury, and Bridges would likely see a significant boost in usage whenever the star guard is unable to play. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.71 million contract with the Suns in July of 2018. Suns exercised $4.36 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Bridges was born in 1996 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Overbook before moving to Malvern in middle school. Bridges has three siblings -- Eric, Jack and Korey. He attended high school four years at Great Valley in Malvern. As a senior, Bridges was named to First Team All-State in Pennsylvania Class AAAA after averaging 18.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. You can follow Bridges on Twitter (@mikal_bridges) and Instagram (@mikalbridges).

College/International Summary

Bridges scored 15.5 points per game in the 2018 NCAA Tournament to lead Villanova to the national championship. The Malvern, Pennsylvania native dropped 19 points as Villanova defeated Michigan, 79-62, in the title game. With the run in the tournament, he was named to the All-NCAA Final Four team. The guard/forward helped Villanova to the Big East Tournament title and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Bridges was named to the 2017-18 All-American Third Team. He also received a spot on the All-Big East First Team. Bridges was third in the 2017-18 Big East season in field-goal percentage (.514) and steals (61). He was fourth in the 17-18 Big East season in points (706), field goals (244) and three-point field goals (104). He entered the 2018 NBA Draft after his junior year. Bridges was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the draft (10th overall pick), but then he got traded to the Phoenix Suns.

Goes for 24 points
FPhoenix Suns
August 11, 2020
Bridges registered 24 points (8-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist in 33 minutes during Tuesday's win over the 76ers.
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Bridges has scored in double digits in four straight games and is settling in as a reliable scoring option for the Suns behind Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Since becoming a full-time starter Jan. 28, Bridges has averaged nearly 12 points per game while shooting close to 50 percent from the field and almost 40 percent from three-point range.
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After a draft-day trade that landed him in Phoenix, Bridges appeared in all 82 games as a rookie, starting 56 contests. He turned that opportunity into averages of 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals. His season-high in points came versus the Hawks on Feb. 2, when Bridges poured in 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting (5-7 3Pt). As a rookie, the 23-year-old made 105 threes at a success rate of 33.5 percent. He also had a noticeable impact on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with the eighth-most steals in the NBA (129). Bridges scored in double figures 29 times in 2018-19, and did so in four-straight games spanning March 16-23. He was a steady presence in the lineup, leading Phoenix in minutes played with 2,417. While Bridges finished the year among the team's top-5 scorers, he ultimately saved his most productive moments for the end of the year. Through five games in April, Bridges averaged 12.4 points -- his best scoring month of 2018-19. His Suns missed the playoffs with a record of 19-63.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 3, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Phoenix Suns.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Bridges is coming off a three-year collegiate career at Villanova, where he won two National Championships and earned First-team All-Big East and Big East Tournament MVP honors as a junior. He averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks across 32.1 minutes in his final campaign, showing off his two-way potential at the next level. Bridges was also a great spot up shooter and knocked down 51.4 percent of his field goal attempts and 43.5 percent of his three-pointers. While that typically would mean big minutes on a rebuilding team like the Suns, Bridges still could struggle to find playing time early on with guys like Devin Booker, T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson all present in the wing rotation. Bridges appears to be the better shooter between himself and Jackson, but Jackson had an impressive final stretch of his rookie campaign last year and appears in line for a slight uptick in his role. As a result, Bridges could have trouble reaching or surpassing the 20-minute mark most nights, which should keep him off the radar in most Fantasy formats.
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Explodes for 26 points
FPhoenix Suns
July 28, 2020
Bridges recorded 26 points (10-12 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot across 27 minutes in Tuesday's 117-106 win over the Raptors in Orlando.
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Puts up 16 points in scrimmage
FPhoenix Suns
July 26, 2020
Bridges posted 16 points (5-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, an assist and three blocked shots across 16 minutes in Sunday's 117-103 scrimmage loss to the Celtics in Orlando.
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Scores team-high 14 points
FPhoenix Suns
July 23, 2020
Bridges went for 14 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, an assist and a steal in 24 minutes during Thursday's 101-88 win over the Jazz.
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Double-doubles with 21 and 10
FPhoenix Suns
March 8, 2020
Bridges put up 21 points (7-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and one block in 43 minutes during Sunday's 140-131 triumph over the Bucks.
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Standout two-way effort in victory
FPhoenix Suns
March 7, 2020
Bridges posted 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 39 minutes during Friday's 127-117 victory over the Trail Blazers.
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