Miles Bridges

#22 SF/PF Michigan State – Sophmore

Age: 20

Height: 6-7

Wingspan: 6-9

Weight: 229lbs

 

2017-2018 Season Averages

31.4MIN 17.1PTS 45.7FG% 2.7AST 7.0REB 0.6STL 0.8BLK 2.0TO

 

Strengths

  • One of the most explosive athletes in the draft; leaping ability allows for catching lobs and easy putbacks over defenders.
  • Strong frame and athleticism make up for average height.
  • Swiss army knife on defense; covers ground well and strong enough to stay in front of opposing big men; good defensive rebounder for his size.
  • Can punish defenders with quickness and ball-handling as a small ball 4; uses both hands to perform acrobatic finishes; size and mobility make for a dangerous coast-to-coast threat.
  • Plays with toughness and intensity; welcomes contact on drives and not afraid to bang with bigger players for rebounds.
  • Solid shooter (36.4% from three); dramatically improved his free throw shooting from his freshmen campaign from 68% to 85%.

 

Weaknesses

  • A bit of a tweener; lacks ideal size and wingspan to be a 4 in the NBA but does not have the ball skills to be a 3.
  • Doesn’t have strong shot creation, which might hinder his offensive potential at the next level; not the primary ball handler and when the ball is in his hands, usually only takes one or two dribbles.
  • Could improve on vision and creating for teammates; Does not have a great feel for the game and can force the occasion at times
  • Can be turnover prone; has a tendency to be out of control on drives to the basket
  • Very high dribble and can get sloppy with the ball in transition; relies on athleticism to get past defender rather than off the dribble.

 

Observations

  • Shooting mechanics, although not broken, is not the most efficient; Does not get much lift with legs and
  • Uncertain whether his shooting can fully translate to the NBA level given his inconsistency
  • Ambidextrous; shoots with the left but goes right on drives; uses right hand as dominant dunk hand.
  • Has not shown the improvement expected of him in as a returner at Michigan State
  • Played poorly in his last game against Syracuse in the Sweet 16, which might be an indicator of how he might play in high-pressure situations and his issues with consistency.

 

Notable Performances

Vs. Savannah State 19PTs (9-17 FGA/FGM) 21REB 4AST 1PF 2TO

 

Vs. Houston Baptist 25PTS (11-14 FGA/FGM) (4-7 3PM/3PA) 6REB 5AST 1BLK 1PF 1TO

 

Vs. Syracuse (Sweet 16) 11PTS (4-18 FGA/FGM) (3-12 3PM/3PA) 6REB 0AST 2PF 0TO

 

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