The Milwaukee Bucks‘ season has been disastrous, but has given the team and fans a look at some young players they wouldn’t typically get to see. Khris Middleton is one of those players, sent over in the Brandon Jennings trade from Detroit Pistons, he has not only made the most of an opportunity, but looks to be part of the Bucks’ future youth movement.
Middleton is only 22. Drafted in 2012, he fell out of the lottery due to a leg injury. With the Pistons, he was never given an opportunity, at least not one that would allow him to excel. With the Bucks and coach Larry Drew, Middleton has been given freedom to find his game and show off the skills that not long ago had him as a projected lottery pick.
Playing small forward, Middleton has split time with Caron Butler and Giannis Antetokounmpo. With Butler’s recent buyout, Middleton has been given more playing time. For the season, he is averaging 12 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The big surprise is his 45 percent field goal percentage and 45 percent from beyond the arc, good for top-10 in the league.
Still on his rookie contract, Middleton is the perfect role player and spot starter for a team entering a major youth movement. He may not project to be an All-Star, but could be a valuable player for many years. They need players to perform the spark plug role off the bench and not be afraid to take the game-winning shot when it’s their turn.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant.