Detroit Pistons: Khris Middleton Will Have To Battle Hard For Prominent Roster Spot

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

This is going to be an interesting NBA sophomore season for Khris Middleton, who hopes to be known more among Detroit Pistons fans as a unique player rather than the strange way he spells his first name.

Middleton proved to be the third most-valuable rookie of last season’s Pistons team behind Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler. The Pistons started giving him playing time late in the season and he responded with 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. At 6-foot-7, Middleton is not that tall of a forward but he has outstanding quickness that he can use for taking the ball to the basket. He saw action in 27 games and averaged 17. 6 minutes per game.

When he played, Middleton was somewhat impressive and showed decent potential. The Pistons have to like the way he shoots the ball considering he was 44.0 % from the floor, 31.1 % in 3-pointers and 84.4 % from the free-throw line.

As it gets closer to preseason games, Middleton has to come to Detroit ready to go and earn a roster spot. It’s mighty crowded on the player sheet and there are several players that might be on the bubble, including himself. But his strong play for the team late in the season should help. He was very impressive in the season finale with the Brooklyn Nets. In 25 minutes of play, he scored 10 points and was 4-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe while bringing down seven defensive rebounds and chipping in with two assists and two steals.

Middleton will have to show in a hurry why he belongs on this Pistons roster.


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