DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Charlotte Hornets
About Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges is a powerful athlete with an NBA-ready body whose combination of physical tools and budding versatility is intriguing. A consensus top-15 prospect in the high school class of 2016, Bridges headlined a talented class for Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans leading the program to the NCAA tournament as a true freshman, but opted to eschew the 2017 NBA Draft and return to East Lansing. Averaged 17.1 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game as a sophomore, the 20-year-old forward earned Consensus All-America Second Team honors emerging as arguably the top small forward in the country.
- Measured 6’6.75 in shoes with a 6’9.5 wingspan and a 220-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine and has long been lauded for his explosive leaping ability and first step. More strong than shifty as an athlete. Possesses good size for a small forward and the strength to conceivably play some power forward.
- Played a key role for the Spartans offensively as their first option, but did not make heavy contributions in any one particular area. Scored perimeter spot ups and off screens, transition run outs, one-on-one possessions from the inside and out, and even pick and roll opportunities with solid consistency flashing promising versatility.
- Has the tools to hold his own defensively, even if he lacks a degree of length. Allowed only 0.550 points per Isolation possession[79th percentile] possessing a nice combination of lateral quickness and strength, but has room to improve his awareness as an off ball defender. Could emerge as a valuable defender if he can guard multiple positions.