Scott Bordow Arizona Republic Published 1:25 p.m. UTC Jun 22, 2018 Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said he would be aggressive this summer using the assets he’s collected and he did so Thursday, trading the draft rights to Texas Tech forward Zhaire Smith and Miami’s unprotected pick in 2021 for Villanova forward Mikal Bridges, who had been selected 10th to Philadelphia. Bridges, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound swingman, averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for Villanova last season while shooting 43.5 percent from 3-point range. Scouts believe he can defend multiple positions and he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. Acquiring Bridges creates a logjam at small forward with Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren, although Bridges could play a small-ball four. RELATED: Suns select Arizona center Deandre Ayton with No. 1 pick … [Read more...] about Phoenix Suns trade for Villanova standout Mikal Bridges
Posted June 21, 2018 at 05:00 PM | Updated June 21, 2018 at 08:33 PM NBA Draft Basketball AP Photo/Kevin Hagen By Daniel Gallen, Aaron Kasinitz & David Jones Welcome to PennLive's 2018 NBA Draft blog for updates throughout the night. 10. Philadelphia 76ers: Mikal Bridges, G/F, Villanova The Sixers address a couple dire needs with the pick of Bridges. He can make shots from the outside and he can defend the perimeter. It's a good addition to the roster for a team looking to keep improving next season. Daniel's take: It seems like Bridges checks all the boxes for the Sixers. They're looking to contend and needed someone to fit the personnel they already had. Bridges does just that. He had rapid improvement during his college career. Aaron's take: This is more than a feel good story. The Philly-area kid who stayed in the area for college provides real value for his hometown NBA team with a soft shooting touch and defensive versatility. 9. New York … [Read more...] about NBA Draft 2018: Sixers draft Villanova’s Bridges; Knicks fans boo Kevin Knox; Mo Bamba goes to Magic
Posted June 21, 2018 at 07:24 AM | Updated June 21, 2018 at 07:24 AM By James Kratch | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com G MIKAL BRIDGES “I’ve said to a number of general managers in the NBA, I’ve started the conversation with, ‘Look, I know he seems too good to be true, but it’s really true,’” Wright said. “He’s a leader, he’s unselfish, but he’s a go-to guy anytime we need him to be. He has developed every aspect of his game.” Francesa remarked that “there’s no real weakness to his game. He can do everything.” “He’s a great catch-and-shoot guy, he’s got NBA range,” Wright said. “He can run pick and roll. He can post up guys. He can create his own shot. He’s really complete.” Bridges will likely be a lottery pick and the first Wildcat off the board. He is a top contender to go to the Knicks if they stick at the No. 9 pick. mikal-bridges.jpg … [Read more...] about NBA Draft 2018: Francesa, Wright break down 4 Villanova stars
Jay Wright thinks it’s easy to see why Villanova likely will have four players selected Thursday night in the NBA draft. It has something to do with winning a national championship. “It just shows that we’ve got four really talented guys and that’s why we won, because we had four really talented guys that are good guys,” the Wildcats coach said. “There’s no secret.” Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson and Omari Spellman will hear their names called in the draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. If mock drafts are any indication, Bridges and DiVincenzo are certain first-rounders while Brunson, the national player of the year, and Spellman also have a chance to go in the top 30. But whenever they are selected, they share a sense of pride in being able to share their dreams of competing at the next level. “It’s amazing,” said the 6-foot-7 Bridges, a lock to be a lottery pick, one who could go to the 76ers at … [Read more...] about Four Villanova players will be taken in the NBA draft. Will they all be in the first round?
By Aaron Kasinitz | [email protected] After winning the school’s second NCAA championship in three seasons, four Villanova men’s basketball players are headed toward this week’s NBA drafts with hopes of landing in ideal situations to begin their professional careers. Here, we’ll identify three logical fits for each former Wildcats player, based on how they’ll mesh with the team’s roster and where they’re expected to fall in the draft order. Take a look: Mikal Bridges,Donald Hicks Villanova's Mikal Bridges (25) drives on Radford's Donald Hicks (5) during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament first-round game Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Villanova won 87-61. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 8 overall) Bridges is an athletic 6-foot-7 wing with playmaking ability, and there’s reason to believe the Cavs might be losing their starting small forward in free agency. Nobody would … [Read more...] about NBA Draft 2018: 3 logical fits for Villanova prospects