Miles Bridges NBA Draft Profile


Miles Bridges, Freshman, Forward, Michigan State


Miles Bridges is the prize recruit for Tom Izzo and the Spartans this year. Bridges is a strong 6’6” forward that can jump out of the building. He has great leaping ability which shows up on his dunks, catching lobs and gathering rebounds. Another advantage for Bridges is his strength (226 lbs.) which he uses to bully his way to the rim. Bridges does need to expand this area of his game, as he isn’t great at creating his own shot and tends to rely on his strength too often. He is a good finisher when he gets in the paint and is capable of scoring with either hand. Bridges’ jump shot is likely going to make or break his chances as a professional. He only shoots about 29% from three in his career and is a very streaky shooter. He also has a tendency to force contested or ill-advised shots early in the shot clock. Being able to control his jump shot will greatly improve his draft stock. Bridges has average length with just a 6’8.5” wingspan, but his leaping ability makes up for it against big men. He has potential to defend multiple positions, but needs to become more engaged on that side of the ball.

Final Projection:

Bridges’ upside currently has him projected to be drafted in the mid to late first round. Developing his jump shot is likely the biggest key to improve his draft stock. His leaping ability and strong frame will surely find him a home in the NBA, but there is work to be done. In high school, Bridges leaned on that strength for success, but going forward he must expand his game in some ways.


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