Khris Middleton admits this season has been ‘different, weird’ for him individually
Speaking to Sports Illustrated as part of a profile on the player and his All-Star season, Middleton did admit that it was a bit of an adjustment for him, as his role was slightly diminished on he team while Giannis Antetokounmpo skyrocketed to stardom. Despite this, Middleton still finds himself in the All-Star game for the first time in his career, which makes everything all the weirder.
“It’s just been a different, weird season for me,” Middleton says. “But as long as we’re winning, I’m not gonna complain about that.” he said. Prior to the season, new coach Mike Budenholzer convinced Middleton to have his role diminished a bit in an effort to make the Bucks even better. It was a bit of a gamble at the time, but has clearly worked out. Heading into the All-Star break, the Bucks might just be the NBA’s hottest team, sporting the best record in the league and its best point differential (+9.8) as well.
Though Middleton’s selection to the game might have something to do with how well the team is doing, Middleton is still having himself a great season on a team that is currently ahead of the pack in a top-heavy Eastern Conference. Heading into the All-Star break, Middleton is averaging 17.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists on the season, while also shooting an incredible 37 percent from three.
While his points per game numbers have slipped a bit from last year, the Bucks’ winning percentage has taken to new heights. The team already has nearly as many wins as it did last year now, and they seem poised to be a prime player in the upcoming playoffs.