Mikal Bridges
Mikal Bridges
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Bridges continued to serve as a formidable defensive presence while improving in several other categories during the 2019-20 season, and he's now primed for a starting small forward role in the wake of the mega-trade between the Suns and Thunder that saw Kelly Oubre go to Oklahoma City and Chris Paul come to Phoenix. Bridges was able to unwittingly prep for such responsibility when Oubre missed the last 15 games of last season with a knee injury, posting averages of 13.3 points (on 51.7 percent shooting, including 41.4 percent from three-point range), 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals across 36.5 minutes over that span and generating 12 double-digit scoring efforts, including one double-double. The third-year pro was able to boost his offensive contributions while maintaining his above-average defense, and he now stands to benefit from the addition of an elite ball distributor like the just-acquired Paul at point guard. Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton should still naturally serve as the top three offensive options the majority of the time, but Bridges projects to see his fair share of opportunities as well on a team that played at the ninth-fastest pace in the NBA last season (104.9 possessions per game). Additionally, with a full-time starting assignment, he'll be expected to continue furnishing solid numbers in other categories, potentially along the lines of that which he managed during the aforementioned 15-game sample. 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).

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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.

Efficient in blowout victory
FPhoenix Suns
February 22, 2021
Bridges contributed 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt), five assists, two rebounds and two blocks in the Suns' 132-100 victory Monday over the Trail Blazers.
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After leading by only nine in the first half, the Suns came out firing in the second, extending their lead up to 29, essentially putting the game out of reach. For that reason, Bridges played only 24 minutes but still impacted the game due to his efficient shooting and playmaking on offense. The third-year forward is averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his last 10 games.
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2019

The second-year forward was the only member of the Suns to take the court in all 65 games before the suspension of the regular season on Mar. 11. He matched his career-high with a 20-point outburst on Nov. 19 in a 120-116 loss to the Kings. Bridges scored in double-digits in five consecutive games from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7, averaging 12.6 points on 64.1 percent shooting in that span. The Villanova product reached a new career high on Jan. 18, drilling 10-of-13 shots from the floor, including 6-of-8 attempts from three, on his way to 26 points. Shortly thereafter, Bridges became a regular starter, joining the first unit for the final 19 games of the season. Over that stretch, Bridges averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks in 34.9 minutes, while shooting 52.6 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three and 96.8 percent from the line. Bridges scored in double-figures in six straight games from Feb. 26 to Mar. 8, including a 21-point, 10-rebound outburst in a win over Milwaukee on Mar. 8. In his final game of the season, Bridges posted eight points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block against the Trail Blazers. Bridges started all eight games for the Suns after the season restarted in Orlando. In that span, he posted 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. In a win over the 76ers on Aug. 11, Bridges went for 24 points, two rebounds, two steals, and two blocks, while hitting 8-of-10 attempts from the field.

2018

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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
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.
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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Sharp from field in win
FPhoenix Suns
February 20, 2021
Bridges had 19 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block across 28 minutes in Saturday's win over the Grizzlies.
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Bounces back in win
FPhoenix Suns
February 14, 2021
Bridges dropped 21 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, two steals and one assist over 31 minutes in the Suns' 109-90 victory over the Magic on Sunday.
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Puts up 22 points in victory
FPhoenix Suns
February 9, 2021
Bridges collected 22 points (8-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five assists, four rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Monday's 119-113 win over the Cavaliers.
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Flirts with double-double in win
FPhoenix Suns
February 7, 2021
Bridges produced 19 points (8-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds and two assists across 38 minutes in Sunday's 100-91 win over the Celtics.
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Efficient shooting night in win
FPhoenix Suns
January 31, 2021
Bridges tallied 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and an assist across 33 minutes in Saturday's 111-105 win over the Mavericks.
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