One of the most common phrases in sports “is the best ability is availability.” That couldn’t be more true because having all the talent in the world doesn’t mean anything if you can’t go out on the court to play.
Availability has never been an issue for Mikal Bridges, as he hasn’t missed a single game of his career. He played in all 82 games in his rookie year and 2022. He played in all 73 games in the shortened 2020 season and all 72 games in the shortened 2021 season. He played in 83 games last season because the Suns had played more games than the Nets when they traded him.
This is extremely rare to find in today’s NBA. With a league filled with players who are getting injured more than ever and taking games off to rest more than ever, Bridges is always playing. Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop Bridges from suiting up.
It is a huge plus for the Nets because they have a team that is good enough to make the play-in at the least this season. Knowing there’s a good chance your best player will play all 82 games puts you in the best position to win games.
If there is one thing you want to do to be noticed as an All-Star or All-NBA talent, it is leading your teams to many wins. The best way to do that is to ensure you are out on the court as much as possible.