Combo forwards from Michigan State — namely Draymond Green — have developed a reputation for their versatility. Freshman Miles Bridges will look to be the next one. At 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, Bridges has terrific size for the tweener position. The 19-year old, though, obviously isn’t Green and there are a few things that will likely prevent him from living up to that moniker.
Bridges is a better 3-point shooter than Green. He made 38.9 percent of his 3-point attempts this season on over five tries per game. Despite a poor free throw performance, Bridges has a comfortable and clean looking stroke. Make those shots opens up the game significantly for him, but he lacks the kind of playmaking ability needed to really punish defenders in those situations at this stage.
Bridges also isn’t the same defender as Green because he lacks the length necessary to really protect the rim at the NBA level. Although he averaged 1.9 blocks per 40 minutes this season, his lack of elite length makes it questionable that that particular skill will translate.
Even if Bridges isn’t the next Draymond, he’s still a valuable NBA player. At a stretch four, he can knock down outside shots and attack close outs while providing at least some resistance at the rim on the other end.
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