Mikal Bridges has become an elite scorer in Brooklyn, averaging 25.8 points per game for the Nets.
And while leaving Phoenix allowed him to spread his wings, he also credits two of his old Suns teammates for his success.
“Just trying to get to the line, trying to be aggressive,” Bridges said. “That’s just a big thing and coming from Phoenix, you know, watching a lot of and being right there with a lot of (Devin) Booker and CP3 and how they draw fouls. I’ve learned a lot.
“I’ve learned a lot from guarding the top guys and me getting silly fouls just because they’re so smart and they just give me an angle to let me foul them. So just learning.” “But yeah it’s an emphasis to just try to be aggressive. Good things happen when you get in the paint or go to the line. Just kinda opens the game up.”
Bridges’ 25.8 point average is a big jump from the 17.2 points he was putting up in Phoenix.
Since joining the Nets, he is averaging more points than a host of big names over that same period, including Anthony Davis, Paul George, James Harden and Klay Thompson.