Milwaukee Bucks: Handing out player awards at the quarter mark

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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton
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We’ve officially crossed beyond the first quarter mark of the 2020-21 season, and the Milwaukee Bucks are off to a rocky 11-8 start.

The Bucks have certainly endured their share of highs and lows throughout this 19-game stretch, and they are certainly facing adversity early on. After losing two consecutive games for the second time this season, the Bucks have some soul searching to do if they will make a legitimate push as title contenders.

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To lighten the mood surrounding Milwaukee’s recent efforts, it is time to dish out some way-too-early season awards to the Bucks. Considering only players on Milwaukee’s roster, there will be honors handed out for each of the end of the year awards to players that seem deserving at this point in time.

Without further ado, here are player award picks for several members of the Milwaukee Bucks after reaching the quarter mark.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Most Improved Player at the quarter way mark – Khris Middleton

Khris Middleton put together the best season of his career last year, averaging 20.9 points on .497/.415/.916 shooting splits, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. The forward was undeservingly snubbed from earning All-NBA honors for his efforts, but he has certainly been making a strong case for redemption this year.

Throughout the first 19 games of the season, Middleton has averaged 21.4 points on a .510/.439/.933 slash line, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. The two-time All-Star is having his best season yet as he continues to improve his game with each passing year. While the shooting efficiency is through the roof, Middleton has also shown his growth as a playmaker, currently leading the team in assists per contest.

Khris Middleton’s improved play has been a bright spot for the Bucks this season, and at the quarter mark of the season, he has certainly earned the Most Improved Player nod.