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Milwaukee Bucks 2013 Player Profile: Khris Middleton

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Khris Middleton was hoping this would be the season the Detroit Pistons would give him a chance to show he’s a bonafide NBA player.

He’ll get his chance, but it will be from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Middleton is expected to give the Bucks some depth at forward after coming to the team in a trade from  the Pistons, which highlighted the arrival of Brandon Knight in Milwaukee and the exit of Brandon Jennings.

In his rookie season with Detroit, Middleton started seeing action late in the year. He saw action in 27 games and averaged 17.6 minutes, 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game, shooting 44 percent from the floor, 31.1 percent on three-pointers and 84.4 percent on free throws. He combined for 29 points in the last three games of the season.

When he’s in the lineup, Middleton is going to contribute in some fashion for the Bucks. He needs more court time to become a better pro player, but that doesn’t mean he’s always going to provide quality minutes. But he’ll be a solid backup for the Bucks who will utilize the 6-foot-8 forward more effectively than the Pistons did.

The Pistons did Middleton a favor by trading him since Detroit had too many forwards. But the Pistons also did a favor for the Bucks who will find a way to use his talents if even for a few minutes every game. He did show potential when the got some playing minutes. The Bucks need to keep that in mind. Middleton won’t have a major impact on this team, but occasionally, he might be extremely valuable.

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