By far the biggest break-out season for the Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton was one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 NBA season. The man transitioned from a starting role player into a borderline star over the course of 89 games (we can’t forget about the playoffs). Overall, Middleton was a huge bright spot in the Bucks’ somewhat dimly lit season.
Durability and Dependability:
Averaging 20.1 points per game, coupled with 5.2 rebounds and four assists, Middleton was the clear second option behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. He was always dependable behind the arc and his ability to create his own shot improved dramatically this season. Defenders had a tough time contesting shots and locking Middleton down in general.
Another thing that made Middleton’s season so impressive was his endurance. If you couldn’t tell, Khris didn’t miss a single game all season long. Players like Giannis, Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker were missing at random points throughout the season. Middleton was always someone that Bucks fans never failed to miss on the court.
Could Middleton shine as a star?
With all of that being said, it’s interesting to ponder the idea of whether or not Middleton will be able to emerge into a superstar role. That is a role that Milwaukee so desperately needs. Giannis has the potential to claim MVP honors over the next few years. In that time, the Bucks will need to acquire at least one more superstar in order for that dream to be possible.
What if they could simply build another superstar? Well, Middleton is the answer to that question. It’s not likely, but after the great improvement that he showed Bucks fans this season, that scenario isn’t necessarily impossible. Only time will tell. The Bucks may have struck gold with Khris and it’ll be up to the organization on whether or not they choose to utilize his talents the correct way.