Editor’s Note - As most of you fine readers noticed, we accidentally ran the Miles Bridges write-up below in the 8th spot as opposed to the true selection, Mikal Bridges. You can read the Mikal write-up here if you’re interested, but otherwise you’ll recognize most of the Miles post below before voting for number 11. Thanks for sticking with us.
With the exception of Luka Doncic, who is still young at 19 years old, almost all of the players that have been drafted have been one-and-done players. Some players, however, decide that maybe another year would do more good despite the risk of injury. Our next player took that risk and possibly ended up in the same if not better position than last year. After tormenting the Big Ten, Miles Bridges declared to go pro and is our tenth pick in the community draft.
Bridges came back to Michigan State thinking he could improve his draft stock. While it was debatable if he improved, he didn’t do any harm to his stock thanks to an improved body frame. Bridges played more as a 3 which gave him additional time on the perimeter. His three point shooting, especially his spot up shooting, improved from his freshman year season. Bridges’ offensive game is his calling card as he can attack the rim, sports the aforementioned shooting, and cuts at the correct moments. Bridges can be a top offensive for a team but especially coming off the bench can be a spark many teams could use.
There are some concerns with Bridges though. While his offensive pedigree is great, he may be too much of a liability on defense for a contending team. There are also questions on what his role would be. His size would indicate he’ll play the three but with the NBA shifting more towards small ball, he may be required to be an undersized stretch four. Bridges also isn’t a great passer so he may become a black hole where once he gets the ball, it’ll be going to the hoop one way or another (i.e. Shabazz Muhammed)
Bridges’ decision to return last year was an intriguing one. While he did improve his body frame and especially his spot-up shooting, his defense and effort might cause some causes for concerns. Fortunately, most of the flaws are something that can be coached so Bridges would be a solid role player to draft and with the right system, could become a 20 PPG player.
Brew Hoop Community Draft Board Rankings
1. Deandre Ayton - C, Arizona (The Stepien Profile)
2. Luka Doncic - PG, Real Madrid (The Stepien Profile)
3. Marvin Bagley III - C, Duke (The Stepien Profile)
4. Jaren Jackson Jr. - PF/C, Michigan State (The Stepien Profile)
5. Mohamed Bamba - PF/C Texas (The Stepien Profile)
6. Michael Porter Jr. - PF, Mizzou (The Stepien Profile)
7. Trae Young - PG, Oklahoma (The Stepien Profile)
8. Mikal Bridges - SF/PF, Villanova (The Stepien Profile)
9. Wendell Carter Jr. - PF/C, Duke (The Stepien Profile)
10. Miles Bridges - SF/PF, Michigan State (The Stepien Profile)
My Pick for the #11 Spot on the Community Draft Board is:
This poll is closed
Kevin Knox - SF/PF, Kentucky
Lonnie Walker IV - SG, Miami
Collin Sexton - PG, Alabama
Troy Brown - SG, Oregon
Zhaire Smith - SG, Texas Tech
Other (Please leave in the comments)