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Can Middleton Be Milwaukee’s 2nd All-Star?

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Starting last year in the playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Khris Middleton seemed to have taken another step in his progression as a player. Against the Celtics, he averaged 24.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. And through four games this year he is putting up 24.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Recently he definitely looks to be the part of a big three, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can be Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s main running mate, or will the Bucks have to acquire another star to reach an NBA championship.

Middleton’s past three full seasons have been really solid. He has averaged over 18 PPG in each year while playing solid defense and handling the biggest offensive load behind Antetokounmpo. But he still hasn’t reached an all star game, even though last year it was ridiculous that Goran Dragic made it over him. And the Bucks haven’t found much success in the years since Middleton has become a focal point on the team, never reaching the second round of the playoffs.

A lot of the Bucks problems from the last few years has stemmed from the coaching of Jason Kidd and Joe Prunty, and not necessarily the fault of the players. Most nights it seemed like the Bucks were playing against themselves whether that be not guarding corner threes or not running any sets on offense. Now that Mike Budenholzer is in tow we can finally see whether or not the talent of Middleton and Antetokounmpo can lead the Bucks to actual success.

As I alluded to earlier, Middleton is already having a very solid start to the season and while it is a small sample size the confidence that he showed against the Knicks was hard to ignore.

Starting with the Celtics series last year and continuing into this year, Middleton looks to be extremely confident in his own skills and has become a very clutch player. A players ability to shine during crunch time and their ability to make shots while covered is often what separates good players from great players, and it seems Middleton is crossing into that “great” territory. Expect this to be the first multi-all-star season since the tandem of Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson back in 2000-01.

*All stats via Basketball Reference*

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