Miles Bridges

Miles Bridges

24-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bridges made steady improvement for a third straight season last year, and he was part of one of the most explosive and entertaining alley-oop connections in the league with LaMelo Ball. The biggest improvement in Bridges' game was improved efficiency. While his points per game dropped marginally from 13.0 to 12.7, the forward nearly shot 50/40/90, going 50/40/87. Aside from his 12.7 points, he averaged career-highs in 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists while contributing a nice 1.5 combined blocks-plus-steals. That allowed him to rank 95th on a per-game basis. Bridges also benefited from Gordon Hayward missing time, with Bridges drawing 19 starts in 66 appearances. However, Bridges might have trouble reaching the 29.3 minutes per game he saw in 2020-21. In addition to Hayward starting the season healthy, the Hornets added Kelly Oubre in the offseason, who has positional overlap with Bridges at small forward. The hope for Bridges is that P.J. Washington plays a lot of small-ball center, opening up the wing for Bridges to still find near-starter's minutes. Fantasy managers have justification to take Bridges inside the top 100, but there probably isn't much upside unless another forward suffers a significant injury. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.96 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2018. Hornets exercised $3.93 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Hornets exercised $5.42 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Miles Emmanuel Bridges was born in 1998 in Flint, Michigan to Raymond and Cynthia Bridges. He started his high school career at the Flint Southwestern Academy and posted 10 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks per game. Bridges transferred to Huntington Prep School in West Virginia for his sophomore season and averaged 9.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.7 steals. As a junior, he displayed his versatility by recording 15.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 blocks per game. In his senior year, Bridges excelled by averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.0 steals. He was subsequently named to both the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-Star teams. You can follow him on Twitter (@MilesBridges) and Instagram (@milesbridges). A basketball generation before Bridges made his way from Flint to East Lansing, coach Tom Izzo won a championship with a group of players from Flint, including Charlie Bell. The high-flying forward scored 21 points in his collegiate debut in a loss against Arizona. It was the first of 10 games where he reached the 20-point plateau. He scored a season-high 33 points, including five three-pointers, in a January loss to Purdue. Bridges missed the majority of December with an ankle injury. He finished the season with averages of 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Although the Spartans were knocked out in the first weekend of the 2017 NCAA Tournament by Kansas, Bridges averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games. The forward returned for his sophomore season and put up similar numbers -- 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists per contest. The season did not end with more postseason success, but Bridges hit a trio of three-pointers in his last four games. He once again averaged 20.0 points in two NCAA Tournament games, but the Spartans were ousted by Syracuse in the Round of 32. Following the loss, the forward decided to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and made himself available for the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He was subsequently traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the pick before him, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Ejected Wednesday
FCharlotte Hornets
Not Injury Related
April 13, 2022
Bridges was ejected during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Hawks, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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With the Hornets trailing by nearly 30 points late in the fourth quarter, Bridges argued a goaltending call, received a technical foul and was subsequently ejected. He finished the game with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and one block in 30 minutes of action.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Portland could chase him
FCharlotte Hornets
May 22, 2022
Bridges could be an option for the Trail Blazers, according to Ian Begley of SNY.
ANALYSIS
The Trail Blazers need to be active in free agency to bolster their roster and could use some wing depth. With that in mind, Bridges could be an excellent option as he'd be a huge asset on both ends of the court. Bridges averaged a career-high 20.2 points per game last season, but since he's a restricted free agent, the Hornets would have the right to match any offer for his services.
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The Michigan State product took a leap in his second season. Bridges started all but one game as a sophomore, and his minutes jumped from 21.2 to 30.7. He averaged 13.0 points, 5.6 boards, 1.8 dimes and 1.5 threes -- all career highs. His field goal percentage declined as he nearly doubled his shot attempts from his first to second seasons, though his efficiency from the free-throw line and from three saw small increases. Bridges flashed his upside as a scorer and rebounder in a 10-game stretch from Jan 30 to Feb 25 in which he averaged 19.4 points, 6.7 boards and 2.3 triples. He posted 10 games of at least 20 points (including a career-high 31 on Nov 22 against Washington) and four double-doubles. Bridges won't have an easy time finding playing time this season, however, as the Hornets signed Gordon Hayward. PJ Washington had a great rookie season as well and could prevent Bridges from getting on the court. Bridges probably only makes for a deep-league option this season.
The 12th overall pick in 2018, Bridges had a solid rookie season. Once the Hornets were clearly out of postseason contention, he was given more run, securing 25 starts and 10 games seeing at least 30 minutes. In those 10 games, Bridges averaged 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Though he was a low-usage player as a rookie, taking 10.8 shots per 36 minutes, he posted quality efficiency with shooting splits of 46.4 FG%, 32.5 3P% and 75.3 FT%. With the Hornets' two leading scorers from last season (Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb) moving on, Bridges may be asked to handle a bigger offensive burden in 2019-20. On one hand, based on Bridges' rookie year, we shouldn't expect him to turn into a volume scorer. On the other hand, someone has to take shots for this Hornets team, and it can't just be Terry Rozier and Nicolas Batum. It's tough to gauge what to expect from Bridges in Year 2, but it's nearly a guarantee he'll take on some sort of expanded role, making him an intriguing late-round flier.
Bridges, who played two seasons at Michigan State, was acquired via trade by the Hornets on draft night after being selected with the 12th overall pick by the Clippers. Voted Consensus All-American Second Team during his sophomore year, Bridges averaged 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He also shot 45.7 percent from the field and hit 2.1 threes per game at 36.4 percent. Though he shot just only 34.2 percent from the field in summer league, he showed off his versatility. In five games, he averaged 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks. Heading into his rookie campaign, Bridges should have the opportunity to compete for minutes at both forward spots, with immediate competition being Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminsky, who each saw sixth-man minutes last season. It’s unlikely he'll be Fantasy relevant in standard leagues, but could be worth keeping tabs on in the case of any injuries to rotational players on the Hornets.
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Goes for 20 points against Bulls
FCharlotte Hornets
April 9, 2022
Bridges amassed 20 points (8-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block in 29 minutes during Friday's 133-117 victory over the Bulls.
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Scores team-high 29 points
FCharlotte Hornets
April 6, 2022
Bridges recorded 29 points (11-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 144-115 loss to the Heat.
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Scores team-high 27 points
FCharlotte Hornets
March 29, 2022
Bridges racked up 27 points (12-22 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal over 36 minutes during Monday's 113-109 loss to the Nuggets.
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Double-doubles in win
FCharlotte Hornets
March 26, 2022
Bridges ended Friday's 107-101 win over the Jazz with 26 points (9-15 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and one block over 36 minutes.
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Hands out nine dimes
FCharlotte Hornets
March 24, 2022
Bridges supplied 15 points (7-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, nine assists, one block and two steals across 32 minutes during Wednesday's 121-106 loss to the Knicks.
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