Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Villanova Wildcats implemented an offensive system centered around using ball movement to find an open three-point shot. For instance, Jalen Brunson would bring the ball up to the three-point line and pass the basketball to a teammate like Mikal Bridges. Once this happens, the teammate will analyze how the defender chooses to defend him. If the defender gives him space, he will shoot the three-pointer. On the other hand, if the defender plays him tight, the teammate will give the ball to another player who is going to restart the process of analyzing the defender. If the team hasn’t taken a shot after 3-4 passes, the person with the ball will start driving to the basket in hopes of getting the defense to collapse on him. If this occurs, he will look to kick the basketball out to the perimeter for a wide-open three-pointer. On the other hand, if it doesn’t happen, the player will continue driving to the basket looking to get around the defender for an open shot or draw a foul.
As a result of the system, Mikal Bridges played the role of a shooter who occasionally put the basketball on the floor. For example, Bridges would run near one of the sidelines until he reached the three-point line. Once this happened, Mikal would stand on the wing or go to the corner in hopes of receiving the pass to start the process of analyzing the defender. However, if Bridges were the recipient of the third or fourth pass, he would start driving to the basket to try to get the defense to collapse on him. If this occurs, he will look to kick the basketball out to the perimeter for a wide-open three-pointer. On the other hand, if it doesn’t happen, Bridges continued driving and would often draw fouls or take contested shots because he could not get around the defender.
Due to this, Mikal Bridges should be drafted by an NBA team with a player who can suck in the defense. This is because it would allow him to contribute as a shooter while he is learning other ways to get around defenders.