Charlotte Hornets rookie Miles Bridges plans to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest at All Star Weekend, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Bridges is in the midst of his rookie campaign with eh Charlotte Hornets this season. Bridges is solidly in the Hornets’ rotation sitting at 19.7 minutes per game and has shown flashes of the brilliance he hopes to bring with more consistency soon. His play has caught the eye of opponents and teammates, but the most impressive tool in his arsenal are his mind blowing dunks that he pulls out as often as possible.
Bridges’ athleticism is rivaled by very few in the league today, and he has a nose for the rim. According to basketball-reference, over 16 percent of Bridges total shot attempts are dunks and despite only averaging 6 points a game, Bridges has made 32 dunks on the year.
Bridges competed in the 2016 All American dunk contest while he was in college at Michigan State. As a part of his dunk package prepared for that competition Bridges performed the famous elbow length dunk as a homage to Vince Carter’s iteration in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest.
Bridges has the natural born ability to win the whole thing, but then again so will many other contestants. We’ve seen already this season that Bridges can do it in a game. The question now is if he can do it in the contest and whether his dunks will match up with everyone else’s. The city of Charlotte, as well as the rest of the country, can’t wait to find out.