Milwaukee Bucks: 3 goals for Khris Middleton in 2020-21 season

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Goal no. 2 – Adjust to role changes

With the acquisition of Jrue Holiday the Bucks have a true point guard in every sense, Holiday is a better and more willing passer than his predecessor Eric Bledsoe.

Knowing that while also knowing that Giannis Antetokounmpo has the ball in his hands quite often and the Bucks’ offense is framed through the two-time MVP, Middleton may have to accept and embrace a slightly less featured role than he was used to playing last year. That’s especially so when you factor in that Middleton logged a career-high 26.4 usage percentage.

With Antetokounmpo and Holiday being more weapon to penetrate and get into the heart of opposing defense, Middleton’s off-ball shooting will be even more important to the Bucks than in years past. It’s a good thing he’s coming off a season in which he hit 45.2 percent of his catch-and-shoot triples, which is certainly the stuff of elite shooters.

Despite their high 3-point volume, the Bucks’ middling shooting over the last couple of seasons has made Middleton’s marksmanship that much more valuable. And while most of his scoring rhythm is generated through having the ball in his hands, having shot creators in the mold of Antetokounmpo and Holiday will give him more space to let it fly this season.