How MIles Bridges Can Become A Successful NBA Player

How MIles Bridges Was Used At Michigan State

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Michigan State Spartans primarily used MIles Bridges as an off the ball perimeter player. For instance, MIles would jog up one of the wings as another perimeter player brought the basketball up to the three-point line. Once this happened, Bridges would station himself behind the three-point line anywhere between the wing and corner. He would stay in that spot for most of the possession unless the perimeter player could not find an open angle or lane to pass the ball into the post successfully. If this happens, the perimeter player passed the basketball directly to MIles Bridges, or he would pass it to a second player who was in charge of giving the ball to Bridges. After MIles received the basketball, he would analyze the defender to determine the next course of action. If the defender gives him space, he would shoot the three-pointer. On the other hand, if the defender plays him tight, would either pass the ball to a teammate or drive towards the basket for an easy basket, to draw a foul or attract a double team. However, if the perimeter player found an open angle or lane to pass the ball into the post successfully, MIles Bridges would stand behind the three-point line as a bystander.

How MIles Bridges Should Be Used In The NBA

As a result of this, MIles Bridges should be selected by an NBA team that has an offensive system similar to Michigan State or a player who can suck in the defense. This is because Bridges spent the majority of his college career as an off the ball perimeter player that it is the quickest way for him to have an impact in the NBA. However, if the team wants him to be more of a playmaker, he would need a minimum of a few months to adjust the new role. For example, MIles would need a significant amount of practice to see if he could improve his court vision, ball handling and passing ability to the point where he becomes an above average playmaker on a consistent basis.

How Mikal Bridges Can Become A Successful NBA Player

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.

How Trae Young Can Become A Successful NBA Player

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Oklahoma Sooners primarily used Trae Young as a three-point shooter or the ball handler in the pick and roll. For instance, Trae would bring the ball up to the three-point line and then a big man would set a screen. Once the pick was set Young would pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, Trae Young would go over it and take the wide-open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, Trae would go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he would score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not. Another example of this is when Young would bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes the ball to a teammate nearby. Once this happens, he will take a few steps toward the basket and turn around to run back to the three-point line. After this happens, Young will get the basketball again to restart the process of the pick and roll.

However, there are instances where Trae Young becomes a three-point shooter. For example, Trae would dribble the ball to about half court and pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action. If the defender gave him a few feet of space, he would pull up to shoot the wide-open three-pointer. On the other hand, if the defender played him tight, he would perform a couple of crossovers to create the space needed to shoot the three-pointer. As a result of this, the NBA team who selects Trae Young in the draft should implement a similar system to the Oklahoma Sooners. This is because Trae has developed a habit of being a three-point shooter or the ball handler in the pick and roll that it is the quickest way for him to have an impact in the NBA.

 

 

How Wendell Carter Jr Can Become A Successful NBA Player

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Duke Blue Devils primarily used Wendell Carter Jr in the low post or as a screener in a dribble handoff sequence. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to Wendell in the low post area. Once that happens, Carter will attempt to back down the defender with one of his shoulders to get within comfortable range to shoot a jump hook, or he will do a spin move towards the baseline to get a layup. Another example of this is when the point guard doesn’t throw the ball into the post immediately after getting to the three-point line. If this occurs, Wendell Carter Jr will run to the three-point line to set a screen for the ball handler. Once the ball handler went over the screen, Carter would go into the low block to restart the process of posting up.

However, there instances when Wendell Carter Jr plays the role of a screener in a dribble handoff sequence for Duke. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to Wendell in the mid to high post area. Once this happens, Carter will hold the ball until the point guard comes back to him or the player standing in the corner comes to him; to start a dribble handoff sequence. As soon as one of the players gets close him, Wendell Carter Jr will hand the ball off and stand in place as a screener. After that happens, the player who has the ball will go over the screen to start the process of the pick and roll again.

As a result of this, the NBA team who selects Wendell Carter Jr in the draft should implement a similar system to the Duke Blue Devils. This is because Carter Jr has developed a habit of playing in the low block or as a screener in a dribble handoff sequence that it is the quickest way for him to have an impact in the NBA. However if the NBA wants him to be further away from the basket, he would need a few months to adjust the new role. For example, Wendell would require a significant number of repetitions over the course of many months to see if he is capable of making an NBA three and whether it can be a consistent shot.