Khris Middleton: B-
If these ratings didn’t include the Bucks’ brief playoff stint, then Middleton would have received a worse grade. With it, however, Middleton made some promising strides back to full form in the playoffs.
Middleton didn’t have much to boast about during the regular season.
Following the hamstring injury that caused Middleton to miss more than half of the season, his return was highly awaited, and he failed to reach expectations.
Over his first seven games back in action, Middleton averaged just 11.1 points on a lowly 32.5 percent shooting. Over his next five, his scoring totals went up just 1.3 points.
It’s hard to frown upon Middleton’s play too much, as he was abruptly thrown into regular-season action after missing nearly the first two months of the season. A grade of B- seems appropriate, considering his shooting percentages spiked up toward the season’s end and he did score 23.8 points a night in the playoffs on respectable efficiency.
Jrue Holiday: A-
Even at 32 years old, Holiday continues to dazzle in a secondary role for the Bucks. Averaging 19.3 points and 7.4 assists is no easy task, but Holiday does just that; he makes the game look effortless.
More importantly, Holiday has continued his dominance on the other end of the court. This year, the guard added to his resume with his third All-Defensive First Team selection, and rightfully so.
With Middleton sidelined for most of the regular season, Holiday took on a larger scoring role, evidenced by the spike in 3-point and field-goal attempts.
In my eyes, Holiday would have received higher than an A-, however, I chose to be harsh on him for the lack of urgency on the offensive end in the Heat playoff matchup.
Without Giannis as a nightly disruptor, Holiday needed to do a whole lot more in round one, and his numbers shrank across the board.