The Charlotte Hornets’ season culminated in another disappointing loss in the NBA Play-In Tournament, as they were blown out by the Atlanta Hawks. But, that doesn’t mean this season was a disappointment. Charlotte made another stride forward this season, taking another step away from their rebuilding stage.
The Hornets may have finished in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but they went 43-39 on the season. That was a 10-win increase from the previous season, giving the franchise their first winning record since the 2015-16 season.
One of the reasons that the Hornets were so successful this season was the play of Miles Bridges. Bridges broke out in a big way during his fourth season in the NBA. The Michigan State product averaged a career-high in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. He scored 20.2 points to go along with 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. His 0.8 blocks per game also tied his career-high.
Bridges made the most of the opportunity presented to him, as P.J. Washington started the season on the sidelines, opening up a spot in the starting five that he would never relinquish. He must have known a breakout was coming, as he bet on himself when he declined a four-year, $60 million extension offer from the Charlotte Hornets.
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Now, he will likely land a deal worth at least double that. Bridges is one of the better players hitting free agency this summer. Despite being a restricted free agent, he could still receive some interest from teams around the league looking to make a big splash this offseason.
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