Corey Robinson breaks down how Mikal Bridges has been able to develop as an offensive weapon for the Suns and why that is the key to his continued rise in 9-cat formats.
COREY ROBINSON: With Devin Booker aggravating the groin injury that sidelined him for three games in mid-December, Mikal Bridges's development as an offensive weapon has been of even greater importance to the Phoenix Suns. A top-50 player over the last week, Bridges is averaging 16.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 2.0 3-pointers over his last three games, shooting 46.9% from the field.
The key for the Suns and fantasy managers while Booker sits is that Bridges can get back to his efficient ways offensively, as he did in a December 31 loss to the Raptors. Shooting 6 for 9 from the field and 7 for 7 from the foul line, he scored 20 points to go along with two rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot, and two 3-pointers. The 21 points are the most he scored in a game since December 15 when he scored 27 in a win over the Clippers.
The defensive stats and 3-pointers will ensure that Bridges continues to stick within the top 50 in nine-cat value. Taking the next step will hinge upon his ability to turn things up as a scorer.