Mikal Bridges

Mikal Bridges

27-Year-Old ForwardF
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Few players took a more significant leap than Bridges last season. The trade from Phoenix to Brooklyn instantly made Bridges a fantasy stud, seeing his averages skyrocket. In his 31 games with the Nets last year, Bridges averaged 25.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. He also had 2.5 three-pointers made a night while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 89.4 percent from the free-throw line and 37.6 percent from three-point range. Those are fantastic numbers in a category leagues. This defensive stud is locked into 35-plus minutes per game and has never missed a contest in his five-year career. That's hard to fathom in today's NBA, but that's an underrated asset for a player seeing his stock rise through the roof. Brooklyn decided that Bridges would be their go-to player once he was the key piece of the Kevin Durant trade, posting a 30.3 percent usage rate since his acquisition. A player with this sort of repertoire getting that sort of usage is one of the best bets in fantasy, and he's expected to be a popular second-round selection. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $90.9 million contract extension with the Suns in October of 2021. Traded to the Nets in February of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Keeps hot streak alive Thursday
FBrooklyn Nets
February 9, 2024
Bridges registered 26 points (10-23 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and five assists over 35 minutes during Thursday's 118-95 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Bridges surpassed the 20-point mark for the fifth time over his last six appearances, and that scoring prowess should be sustainable over the long term, given the roster moves the Nets made before the trade deadline Thursday. Bridges is having a career-best season in 2023-24, averaging 21.9 points per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. Bridges can also deliver decent contributions in the rebounding and passing categories, but most of his fantasy value is tied to his scoring ability.
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How does Mikal Bridges compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Turnover %
    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
  • Usage %
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True Shooting %
57.3%
 
Effective Field Goal %
52.8%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
40.8%
 
Free Throw Rate
27.6%
 
Offensive Rebound %
2.5%
 
Defensive Rebound %
12.8%
 
Total Rebound %
7.5%
 
Assist %
16.1%
 
Steal %
1.2%
 
Block %
1.1%
 
Turnover %
8.9%
 
Usage %
25.8%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
34.9
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.0
 
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Could reprise role with Team USA
FBrooklyn Nets
January 23, 2024
Bridges is in consideration for Team USA's roster for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Bridges and Anthony Edwards were two of the most important players on Team USA's 2023 FIBA World Cup squad. Bridges' switchability and defensive versatility make him a solid candidate for the Olympic team, and it could be important to round out the roster with players capable of operating in lower-usage roles -- which Bridges showcased throughout his tenure with the Suns.
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Bridges can sometimes be overlooked in the Suns' rotation that includes Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton. Still, Bridges proved once again last season that he can provide reliable fantasy results. Durability wasn't a concern for the 25-year-old last year, as he appeared in all 82 games, marking the second time he's done so over four seasons in the NBA. He also averaged a career-high 34.8 minutes per game -- the highest mark on the team. After shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc during the 2020-21 campaign, Bridges regressed slightly last season, converting 36.9 percent of his attempts from three-point range. However, he was still efficient from the floor overall, draining 53.4 percent of his field-goal attempts despite attempting a career-high 10.5 field goals per game. As a result, the 2018 first-rounder averaged a career-high 14.2 points to go with 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Bridges cooled off slightly during the postseason last year, but he was consistently productive during the regular season. Bridges is among the top three-and-D options in the league and should have ample opportunities to contribute during the 2022-23 season.
In 2020-21, Bridges established himself as a reliable and productive two-way player, displaying imposing defense against opposing teams' best players while improving his per-game fantasy production across the board, with increases in threes (1.9), points (13.5), rebounds (4.3), assists (2.1) and blocks (0.9). Bridges played the most total minutes (2,348) of any Phoenix starter and was an impressive 16th in the league in plus-minus. The 2021-22 season will be Bridges' fourth season in the league, and he is entering his prime. Bridges is the ultimate 3-and-D player (he ranked 15th last year in three-point percentage at 42.5%), and as part of Phoenix's young core, along with Booker, Ayton and Cam Johnson, we can expect him to continue to play big minutes. While Bridges may not be one of the top offensive options on the team, he is highly versatile enough to handle the ball, grab rebounds, hit the outside three and drive to the bucket. We may not have seen Bridges' ceiling yet, and he could potentially reward fantasy owners with another year of increases in stats across the board.
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.
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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Nears 30-point mark as top scorer
FBrooklyn Nets
February 7, 2024
Bridges closed Tuesday's 119-107 loss to the Mavericks with 28 points (11-21 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, four assists and two steals across 38 minutes.
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Muted effort against Warriors
FBrooklyn Nets
February 6, 2024
Bridges logged 13 points (5-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in 43 minutes during Monday's 109-98 loss to the Warriors.
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Explodes for 33 points Monday
FBrooklyn Nets
January 30, 2024
Bridges posted 33 points (12-24 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, four assists and one steal over 37 minutes during Monday's 147-114 win over Utah.
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Leads starters in scoring in loss
FBrooklyn Nets
January 26, 2024
Bridges supplied 21 points (8-18 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT), one rebound, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Thursday's 96-94 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Erupts for 36 in Tuesday's loss
FBrooklyn Nets
January 24, 2024
Bridges recorded 36 points (14-26 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Tuesday's 108-103 loss to the Knicks.
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