Mikal Bridges is a professional basketball player from the USA. He plays in the National Basketball Association for the Phoenix Suns. He was drafted into the NBA by the Philadelphia 76ers. He attended Villanova University from 2015 to 2018.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Mikal Bridges was born on August 30, 1996, to parents Tyneeha and Jack Bridges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his mom as a single mother. His second cousin is Tyrone Garland who used to play for La Salle University.
Bridges stand 198 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 95 kg. He plays right-handed and he holds the position of small forward.
High School and College Career
He attended the Great Valley High School. He started becoming serious about basketball when he was in his second year. He was ranked as one of the best recruits coming out of high school. He committed to play for Villanova, redshirting his first year.
While at Villanova, he received the Julius Erving Award. He was also named to the First-Team All-Big East in 2018. After his junior year, he declared for the NBA.
He was drafted into the NBA by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2018 NBA Draft. He was later traded by the 76ers to the Phoenix Suns. He joined the Suns for the Summer League and he later debuted in that year’s regular season.
He made his first career start in November of that year. During the 2021 NBA Finals, he scored a playoff career-high of 27 points. In October 2021, Bridges and the Suns agreed to a contract extension worth US$90 million.
- 2016, 2018 - 2× NCAA champion
- 2018 - Third-team All-American – AP,SN, NABC
- 2018 - Julius Erving Award
- 2018 - First-team All-Big East
- 2017 - Second-team All-Big East
- 2017 - Big East Co-Defensive Playerof the Year
- 2018 - Big East Tournament MVP