The Hornets face big decisions this summer
October 22, 2019, 1:11 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
Coach James Borrego said that only Terry Rozier and Cody Zeller are locks to start in Wednesday's season opener against the Bulls and that the final three starters are not yet final.
The real surprise here is that Miles Bridges is not included in there as well. P.J. Washington's ascension from possible G League stint to potential starter has thrown an unexpected, yet pleasant, curveball to the Hornets coaching staff. We'd expect the team to go with the youth movement from the get-go at this point.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 2:00 pmNicolas BatumSG, Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum was able to fully participate in practice and is a candidate to start for Wedneday's opener.
This throws a bit of cold water on the P.J. Washington hype train. The Hornets' rotation figures to be messy with so many young players vying for minutes on the wing. Nevertheless, if you must target Hornets, the safe play is to avoid veterans like Batum since they will be subject to periodic rest days and minutes restrictions. Both Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington figure to be prominent pieces in the rotation sooner rather than later given their age and positional versatility. Draft Bridges confidently in the middle rounds and target Washington toward the later rounds as an upside flier.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 10:00 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
After sustaining an injury to his face, Miles Bridges was available to return from the locker room, but did not, finishing Wednesday's game against the Pistons with nine points, three rebounds, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
For all of the buzz he had recieved this offseason, Bridges struggled to produce as a leading offensive option on this new-look Hornets squad throughout the preseason, finishing with a dismal .357 shooting from the field through five games. It's still preseason so we won't take too much away from this, but owners should at least think about it when considering taking him in drafts.
Source: Jack Duffy on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 9:24 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges went to the locker room early on Wednesday holding a towel pressed to his face.
There has been no word on what exactly happened to him, and it appears unlikely that he will return. We expect to have an update on his status moving forward soon.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 5:38 pmMarvin WilliamsPF, Charlotte Hornets
Marvin Williams (illness) has been ruled out of Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.
Williams had a doubtful tag previously so it was never expected that he would suit up. Williams should be fine to play once the regular season rolls around but is likely going to see his minutes and production decline as the Hornets focus on developing their young talent. Look for Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington to get a lot of run in this preseason finale.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
October 14, 2019, 10:24 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting to go with four rebounds, an assist and two blocks in Monday's preseason win over the Grizzlies.
The Hornets have minimal talent and Bridges is one of the young and promising prospects on this roster. He's athletic enough to deliver defensive stats and the job is his to lose.
October 11, 2019, 10:28 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges played 31 minutes in Friday's loss to the Sixers with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Opportunity is a large part of the equation for success in fantasy basketball and Bridges – a former lottery pick – should have plenty of playing time on a Hornets team lacking talent. It will be a sink or swim type year for Bridges, but the volume alone makes him worthy of rosters in standard leagues.
October 6, 2019, 9:16 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges was active in the Hornets preseason opener on Sunday, delivering 12 points, 10 rebounds, six turnovers and four fouls.
The four fouls were not a major issue as Bridges played just 23 minutes, but it is something to keep an eye on as Bridges takes on a larger role this year. Last season he only averaged 1.4 fouls a game and four rebounds over 21.2 minutes. He should be able to provide some across the board value this season, but if he keeps delivering double-doubles in the preseason you may have to pay mid-round value to land him.
August 7, 2019, 8:52 amMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Hornets coach James Borrego made it clear that he plans to start Miles Bridges next season, while he believes that his young forward is more effective offensively playing the four.
Bridges’ versatility is one of the most valuable aspects of his game, but it’s also obvious he’s best suited playing as a power forward. He is a streaky shooter at best and lacks the ball skills to create for his teammates, but he is quick enough to stick with most guards and his rare strength and leaping ability suggest he’s best utilized near the rim and as a helper on defense. The Hornets lost Kemba Walker this offseason but the team looks like it’s finally embracing the youth moment and Bridges is shaping to be one of the fantasy sleepers of next year.
Source: The Athletic
July 13, 2019, 5:45 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges scored eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes of Saturday's win over the Jazz.
Bridges continues to stand out during Summer League and is showing how he will be one of the primary beneficiaries in Kemba Walker's absence.
July 7, 2019, 5:37 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges had a great showing in Sunday's 96-106, Summer League loss to the Spurs, shooting 8-of-14 for 23 points with seven rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.
Bridges looks like a guy that will quickly climb fantasy rankings this summer. The Hornets are considering making Bridges their starting power forward and he was able to put up 9.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 threes in 26.2 mpg while shooting 49.0 percent from the field after the All-Star break last season, good for easy top-100 value. As a young player with a versatile stat set on a team with eyes on the future, Bridges is someone that fantasy players will be watching very closely. Hopefully the hype train doesn't run out of control.
July 5, 2019, 10:53 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges contributed 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Friday night's win over the Warriors.
This will be a big summer for Bridges who recently hinted that he plans to be much improved in his second NBA season. Friday night's performance was a decent first step in that direction.
July 3, 2019, 2:15 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
James Borrego said that he anticipates playing Miles Bridges mostly at power forward this season, and that the second-year player could even become the team's starter.
The Hornets are looking at a rebuild and it really wouldn't make sense to make Bridges come off the bench behind Marvin Williams, especially if they view power forward as his long-term fit. After the All-Star break, Bridges averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 threes in 26.2 mpg while shooting 49.0 percent from the field. That's a fun, versatile stat set, and Bridges delivered solid top-100 value down the stretch. He's shaping up as a quality fantasy option in the back half of drafts, though we'll see if Borrego sticks to the early plan.
Source: Charlotte Observer
May 23, 2019, 8:29 amMiles BridgesF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges tweeted on Tuesday that he was not snubbed from the All-Rookie teams.
"I didn't get snubbed. I played like ass all year. I don't deserve to be on any team. Next year will be different," was Bridges' full tweet. He had an alright rookie season, especially when given the opportunity. All 25 of his games played after the All-Star break were starts and he averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 threes on 49.0%/35.1%/83.3% shooting splits in 26.2 minutes per game. There's a lot of athleticism and untapped potential that could bear fruit in year two, especially if Kemba Walker is not with the team and there's a lot more usage to go around.
Source: Miles Bridges on Twitter