When Khris Middleton came into the NBA, he was not regarded as one of the top players. Now, in his eighth season in the league, Middleton has emerged as an NBA All-Star.
The 6-foot-7 forward has improved his game tremendously over the past years and has made a significant impact on the Milwaukee Bucks’ team.
Khris Middleton’s NBA career
The Detroit Pistons selected Middleton in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft. In his first NBA season with the Pistons, he only played in 27 games averaging 6.1 points per game. The next season he was traded to the Bucks.
In his first season with his new team, he scored a career-high 29 points in December of 2013 against the Washington Wizards. That season he played in all 82 games averaging 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. During his time in Milwaukee, his numbers continued to improve.
Middleton’s ability to shoot from mid-range and beyond the arc was vital to the Bucks’ success. Again, he saw his numbers improve at the end of the 2014-15 season. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from long-distance.
Middleton making big money in Milwaukee
Not only did Middleton’s game improve in Milwaukee, but he saw an increase in money as well. In the summer of 2015, he re-signed with the Bucks to a five-year $70 million deal. Middleton was starting to get paid based on his performance. The Pistons drafted Middleton and let him go after one year. It seemed as if they did not see the potential that he had. But Milwaukee certainly did.
At the end of the 2015-16 season, Middleton averaged 18.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The Bucks were starting to become a top team in the Eastern Conference. The next season Middleton suffered a hamstring injury that would sideline him for the first 50 games. He would bounce back the upcoming season with two 40-point games in November of 2017. He would average 20 points for the first time in his career. His stats that season were 20.1 points, 5.2 assists, and four rebounds a game.
The next season Middleton accomplished a first. He was named to the 2019 all-star team for the first time in his career. The NBA started to take notice of Middleton’s success throughout the season, and he could finally say that he was among the best that season. Middleton and his Bucks’ teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo were both on the All-Star team and were forming a duo in Milwaukee. That season Middleton averaged 18.3 points per game. After that season, Middleton signed a big contract with the Bucks. He signed a five-year, $178 million contract extension. He was getting paid now.
During the 2019-20 season, Middleton made the all-star team for the second straight year. Before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus, Middleton was averaging 21.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Middleton has improved over the years
Middleton’s game has grown a lot since he first came into the league. If you watch Middleton play right now, you would not think that he was a second-round draft pick. He has worked on his game nonstop, and it has paid off for him.
His hard work and efforts have allowed him to see a significant increase in his bank account as well. Middleton can now call himself a millionaire. Middleton’s career goes to show you that even if you’re a second-round pick, you can still have a successful career and make a lot of money.