Charlotte Hornets: What each young player needs to work on this summer

Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Miles Bridges: Ball Handling, Shooting

Miles Bridges is poised for a big sophomore season in the NBA. The Hornets lost their two best players this off-season, and it feels like the torch is being passed to Bridges. He’s the future of the franchise and someone that many fans consider untouchable and a future star.

He looked great during the second half of his rookie season, as he improved in many areas and was playing with an all-time high amount of confidence. Two areas where I think he needs to improve upon this summer will be in ball handling and perimeter shooting.

Bridges is a capable shooter at 33 percent, but he’s got to knock them down more consistently. His form is nice, so it’s really all about reps at this point. If he can improve and get to the 36/37 percent range, that would be a great improvement. 40 percent may be unrealistic for next season, but maybe in the future.

Since he’s going to have the ball in his hands a lot more next season, Bridges is going to need to improve his handle. If he can tighten it up and get to the basket without being stripped, he’ll be able to create opportunities for himself as the rim, as well as create opportunities for his teammates. He’s a very underrated playmaker.