No. 3 – Mikal Bridges, Brooklyn Nets
Like O.G. Anunoby, Mikal Bridges was a hot commodity this past season in a league that is reliant on wings. The Memphis Grizzlies wanted Bridges so bad that they offered the Brooklyn Nets an eye-popping four first rounders for his services, per HoopsHypes Michael Scotto. Brooklyn liked Bridges so much that they turned it down. Bridges is one of the best young wings in the league today, and the Bucks’ soon-to-be sophomore should look to study his game and development.
Bridges is a tremendous talent on both ends of the court. Defensively, the 6-foot-6 wing is one of the best players at his position and can defend anyone. He finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season and easily made an All-Defensive team. Bridges has always been a solid offensive player, but he took his game to new heights this season, increasing his scoring average by nearly six points compared to last season. Whether he’s attacking or shooting the long ball, Bridges is a threat on that side of things.
Beauchamp and Bridges share a lot of the same attributes. Ironically, he’s the same height as Beauchamp, but Bridges has a few pounds on him. They’re both lengthy wings who can make things difficult on opponents. Even when he was a rookie, Bridges was a more well-defined offensive player, but he also played a more considerable role. With time and a bigger role, the hope is that Beauchamp could become what Bridges was when he was with the Suns, as he was the team’s go-to-wing defender and a solid scoring option.
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