Khris Middleton
Khris Middleton
28-Year-Old GuardG
Milwaukee Bucks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Playing under new head coach Mike Budenholzer, Middleton earned his first All-Star appearance of his seven-year career. In 77 games, Middleton averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steal. While he was arguably less productive than in 2017-18, coach Budenholzer scaled back Middleton's workload to 31.1 minutes per game from the previous mark of 36.4 minutes per game. But Middleton did manage to secure career highs in assists (4.3), rebounds (6.0) and made threes (2.3). Playing next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton's ceiling is relatively capped, though it's possible the loss of Malcolm Brogdon will force the ball into Middleton's hands more. Ultimately, we shouldn't expect a big role or skill change from the 28-year-old wing on this established Bucks roster, but he's clearly worth an early-to-mid-round fantasy selection given his All-Star pedigree. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $178 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2019.
Leads scoring in win
GMilwaukee Bucks
October 14, 2019
Middleton tallied 22 points (9-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes Sunday in the Bucks' 115-108 preseason win over the Wizards.
Middleton's scoring total led all players from both sides, though it's worth noting that reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) was resting in this one. Still, with Malcolm Brogdon leaving for Indiana in the offseason and Eric Bledsoe (ribs) uncertain to be available for opening night, Middleton could see his usage rate climb back up a bit in the early going after it dropped by nearly three percentage points in 2018-19.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Despite having his worst three-point shooting campaign since joining Milwaukee (35.9 percent), Middleton posted a career-high 20.1 points per game while still shooting a solid 46.6 percent from the field overall. Middleton is also one of the best free-throw shooters in the league, not falling below 88.0 percent over the past three seasons. He’s much more than a scorer, however, averaging 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals across 36.4 minutes. Middleton’s health has rarely been a concern, either. He’s played at least 79 games since joining the Bucks in all but one season, when he tore his hamstring in 2016-17, limiting him to 29 outings. There’s nothing to suggest Middleton will see his usage dip, and if the 27-year-old can get back on track from three-point range, it’s possible he has a career year. All things considered, Middleton shouldn't get past the third round in Fantasy drafts.
Middleton, who made just 29 appearances last year after recovering from a torn hamstring, posted 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals across 30.7 minutes per game. Though it was a small sample size, Middleton continued to show why he’s a top-tier perimeter threat, hitting a career-high 43.3 percent of his attempts from distance. Middleton has more Fantasy value most perimeter shooters due to the fact that he’s a top-tier defender on the wing and has the ability to be a playmaker. For example, during a game on March 3 against the Clippers, Middleton dropped an impressive 19 points, nine assists, four rebounds and four steals while committing just two turnovers. His Fantasy stock should be on the rise next season considering he’ll have a fully healthy offseason to keep improving his game. Plus, with Jabari Parker (who averaged a hair over 20 PPG last season) out with an ACL tear likely until February 2018, Middleton should have a more prominent role within the Bucks’ offense than he has in the past.
Middleton shook off a sluggish start to last season to fully justify the Bucks' decision to re-sign him to a five-year, $70 million contract the previous summer. The 25-year-old proved he wasn't merely just a complementary player, as he led the team with 18.2 points per game and chipped in averages of 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.7 steals in 36.1 minutes per game. Middleton's ascending usage rate did come with a drop in his field goal percentage to a 44.4 percent mark and a jump in his turnovers (2.3 per game), but those are still passable figures for a player who gives the Bucks a lot on both ends of the court. Heading into training camp, it was expected that Middleton would reprise his role as the Bucks' top three-point shooter and one of their primary scoring threats, but those plans were foiled when he suffered a torn hamstring during a workout. After undergoing surgery in early October, Middleton is expected to miss six months, likely sidelining him for much of the season. While the Bucks are hopeful to get Middleton back in time for a potential playoff push, it's unlikely that he'll play enough games to justify a draft pick in single-season leagues. That said, he's still an integral part of the Bucks' long-term vision and is expected to take on a major role once he returns to full health, so it may be worthwhile to retain him in keeper formats.
The fourth-year guard turned fantasy heads last season, finishing a second consecutive strong season by helping lead Milwaukee back to the playoffs. Averaging 13.4 points, 2.3 assists, and 4.4 rebounds over 79 games played, the 6-7 Middleton continued to develop into one of the team's most dependable scoring threats. His game isn't flashy, but Middleton was a model of efficiency last season, shooting nearly 47 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from three. Considering how well he shot from the outside, his 3.4 attempts per game are a relatively low total. The Bucks hope to see that number rise in 2015-16. Despite inking Middleton to a five-year, $70 million deal this offseason, Milwaukee likely won't ask Middleton to carry a significantly heavier burden offensively. Middleton makes his living as a catch-and-shoot, three-and-D player, and with the young talent around him, that won't have to change. Although backup shooting guard O.J. Mayo enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence this past season and the Bucks selected Rashad Vaughn with their first-round pick, Middleton will enter the year as the clear-cut starter with ample fantasy upside. His versatility allows him to defend three positions, so he figures to rank among the team's leaders in minutes per game in what should be one of the league's deepest rotations.
Middleton enjoyed a productive first season in Milwaukee after coming over from Detroit in the Brandon Jennings-Brandon Knight swap. The second-year forward was the only Buck to play in all 82 games, averaging 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 30 minutes per game. Middleton flourished as the do-it-all forward for a Bucks team stricken with injuries for nearly the entire season. A natural small forward, Middleton played 23 percent of his minutes at shooting guard last season and even dabbled as a power forward in some lineups. He figures to play a similar role this season and could see even more time at shooting guard with the additions of small forwards Jabari Parker and Jared Dudley to the roster. However, even if he plays close to 30 minutes per game again, Middleton isn't an overly productive fantasy option. He shoots a middling percentage (44 FG%) for his position and has trouble creating his own looks. With that said, he flashed a much-improved outside stroke, raising his three-point percentage by more than 10 percentage points over his rookie year (from 31 to 41 percent). If he can carve out a role as a hard-nosed defender who can rebound and shoot the three efficiently, Middleton should again hold down a consistent rotation spot.
Middleton came to Milwaukee as part of the mid-summer Brandon Jennings deal. The team initially expressed interest in making him an integral part of the rotation, but the addition of Caron Butler will make finding minutes a bit more difficult.
Middleton was selected by the Pistons in the second round of the 2012 draft. He was the last player signed to the Pistons’ 15-man roster and could be in line for a D-League stint this year.
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Solid production in preseason win
GMilwaukee Bucks
October 10, 2019
Middleton furnished 14 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists and one rebound across 18 minutes during the Bucks' 133-99 preseason win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
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Set to re-sign with Milwaukee
GMilwaukee Bucks
June 30, 2019
Middleton is expected to sign a five-year, $178 million contract to remain with the Bucks when free agency opens Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Declines option, looking to re-sign
GMilwaukee Bucks
June 19, 2019
Middleton has declined his $13 million player option for 2019-20, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. However, he and the Bucks are planning to work together toward a long-term deal.
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Peculiar line in Game 5 loss
GMilwaukee Bucks
May 24, 2019
Middleton finished with six points (2-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 36 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to the Raptors.
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Explodes for 30 points
GMilwaukee Bucks
May 21, 2019
Middleton totaled 30 points (11-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists and six rebounds over 36 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
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