Milwaukee Bucks: Grades for each starter heading into All-Star break

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Milwaukee Bucks: Grade for Khris Middleton heading into All-Star break

The question of whether Khris Middleton can genuinely be a true second option on a championship-caliber team is nothing new. Following Milwaukee’s second consecutive postseason disappointment, the two-time All-Star came into the season with a chip on his shoulder trying to rewrite that narrative.

Middleton started the year playing the best basketball of his career by putting up high-profile scoring numbers on top-tier efficiency, along with improved playmaking. The forward has since cooled down after a brief stretch in March where he was entirely out of rhythm. Still, Middleton is undoubtedly having a productive year, averaging 20.6 points on .495/.432/.884 shooting splits, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game.

Despite numbers that fit the criteria, Middleton was snubbed from earning his third consecutive All-Star nomination this season. That should light a fire beneath him to prove the voters wrong, as his doubters have seemingly been more apparent this season than ever before.

Heading into the All-Star break, Middleton is once again having another solid season. The true test will be whether he can come back into the latter half of the season, including the playoffs, and sustain this high-end play.

BTBP All-Star Break Grade: A –