Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton to compete in Skills Challenge

NBA All-Star Saturday will be must-watch TV for Milwaukee Bucks fans, as Khris Middleton has been added to the field for the Skills Challenge.

The Milwaukee Bucks may only have two players set to play in the All-Star Game in Chicago in a couple of weeks, but their 43 wins, and counting, aren’t going entirely unrewarded when it comes to the weekend’s festivities.

After news that Pat Connaughton would be partaking in the Slam Dunk Contest had emerged in recent days, the fields for the All-Star Saturday events were officially revealed on Tuesday, delivering further good news for the Bucks.

In addition to making his second straight All-Star appearance, Khris Middleton will also partake in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Along with Middleton, those vying for the Skills Challenge crown will include reigning champion Spencer Dinwiddie, All-Stars Pascal Siakam, Domantas Sabonis, Bam Adebayo, and Jayson Tatum, along with Derrick Rose and Patrick Beverley.

The event is always something of a wildcard to predict due to its frantic nature, but Middleton certainly has the tools required to make his mark on All-Star Weekend.

Having improved significantly as a passer and ball-handler over the past couple of seasons, Middleton will be well-equipped for those elements of the Skills Challenge. Given just how red-hot his shooting has been of late too, it’s increasingly difficult to imagine Middleton missing any shots.

Of course, missing shots on All-Star Saturday has been an issue for Middleton in the past, as he has twice floundered as a participant in the Three-Point Shootout.

This year, though, Middleton will have an opportunity to add a little more gloss to what’s already shaping up to be a clear career year. The 28-year-old will be just the fourth Buck to partake in the Skills Challenge, following in the footsteps of Brandon Jennings, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Brandon Knight.

With none of that trio having managed to get their hands on the trophy, though, Middleton will hope to be the first player to bring back hardware from this particular event to Milwaukee.

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Who knows, perhaps Middleton winning the Skills Challenge, Connaughton winning the Dunk Contest, and Antetokounmpo winning All-Star MVP could set the tone for the NBA’s most important trophy to head to the Cream City in the next few months too?

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