Mikal Bridges awarded Dan Majerle Hustle Award

Dan Majerle and Mikal Bridges (Submitted photo)

Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle presented Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges with the 2019 Dan Majerle Hustle Award Wednesday, April 3 prior the Suns’ matchup with the Utah Jazz at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The award is presented at the end of each season to the Suns player who most personified the same hustle, grit and determination Mr. Majerle displayed as a player, according to a press release.

This season, Mr. Bridges ranks first among qualified rookies and is tied for 11th overall with 1.58 steals per game, and ranks eighth overall with 123 total steals.

He recorded at least one steal in 20 consecutive games from Jan. 19 to March 6, marking the longest streak by an NBA rookie since Chris Paul notched a steal in 31 straight games in 2005-06, a release states.

With a trio of 3-pointers in a recent victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mr. Bridges also became the first rookie in Suns history and 11th in NBA history to record at least 100 each of steals and 3-pointers.

Mr. Bridges was selected based on the results of five voting categories: Suns fans, players, coaches, employees and

Mr. Majerle himself. Each voting group carried equal weight in the final selection, and a $9,000 donation will be made to an Arizona charity of Mr. Bridges’ choice.

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