Khris Middleton’s Standing
With Antetokounmpo firmly perched atop the Bucks’ hierarchy during their ascent to championship glory over the past five seasons, Middleton and Holiday have seamlessly toggled between the roles of 2A and 2B. However, the blockbuster acquisition of Lillard reshuffles the deck, nudging Middleton down a rung to the position of third banana.
Now, this isn’t a knock on Middleton by any stretch, especially considering he’s just turned 32 and navigated through a season marred by injuries. His usage rate is poised to dip, but this change in status could actually work in his favor. No longer perched atop the opposing team’s scouting report, he’ll relish newfound freedom.
In this revised dynamic, Middleton retains the liberty to select his offensive spots and orchestrate pick-and-rolls with Antetokounmpo. The added attention directed at his two high-profile teammates will likely see him matched up against lesser defenders, enhancing his prospects of remaining fresh and potent as the postseason beckons. It’s a potential win-win scenario for Middleton and the Bucks.