3. Khris Middleton will be an All-Star
Khris Middleton is coming off of a career season with the Bucks. Although he was snubbed from the All-Star roster, he made a strong case with his 20.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. Middleton thrived last season as the Bucks only consistent outside threat shooting 41.4 percent from 15 feet and beyond. It was impressive to see that consistency from him for a full 82-game season. Perhaps even more impressive is that he played that well in the limited offense that Jason Kidd brought to the team.
Assuming Middleton declines the $13 million dollar player option after this season, it will be important for him to back-up his 2017-18 performance in 2018-19. One of the remarkable things that played into Middleton’s success was his ability to score in isolation scenarios.
If you look at Atlanta’s offense under Budenholzer one of the main facets is ball-movement to create a good shots. In Atlanta’s 60 win season in 2014-15 they finished second in assists. One difference between the team Budenholzer will inherit and that Hawks team is Giannis. Because Giannis attracts so much of the defense’s attention there will be much easier shots for Middleton to knock down.