Khris Middleton just might be the quietest two-time All-Star in the NBA today. As the second-fiddle to Giannis Antetokounmpo, he usually does not garner any headlines related to the Bucks. Indeed, he is oftentimes overlooked, not just by the national media, but by Bucks’ fans themselves. This should not be the case. Khris Middleton, in fact, is having a season that only one player has ever had before.
Khris Middleton: 2020-2021 Season
Through 25 games this year, Khris Middleton is averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. This in and of itself is a very impressive stat line. In fact, only six players this season have these averages:
That is pretty good company to be in. In addition, as seen in the above Tweet, Middleton is doing this all while seeing his role in the offense decline. He is taking less shots and is being used less than in any of the past three seasons. However, the 20/6/6 stat line alone is not what makes Middleton’s season historic.
The Shooting Stats for Khris Middleton
While there are six players averaging 20/6/6 this season, Middleton is doing it by shooting at a much higher percentage than any of them. His shooting splits this season are 51.6% from the field, 45% from three, and 91.6% from the line. A 50/40/90 split is something very few players are able to achieve. Middleton himself JUST missed out on one such season last year. He shot 41.5% from three and 91.6% from the line, but was 49.7% from the field overall.
Only One Other Player Has Done This
To recap, Khris Middleton is averaging over 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists while posting a 50/40/90 shooting line. Only one other player in NBA history has ever done this: Larry Bird.
Larry Bird accomplished the feat twice, in back-to-back seasons. The first time he did it was in the 1986-1987 season. He averaged 28.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 7.6 assists on 52.5/40/91 shooting. The next season, Bird was even better. He averaged 29.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists on 52.7/41.4/91.6 shooting.
Bird was an All-Star in both seasons.
Obviously, if Khris Middleton is able to sustain this level of efficiency and play, he will join a very elite club. It is also obvious that Larry Bird’s seasons are just insane. There is a reason why he is called Larry Legend.
What it should tell all NBA fans, especially Bucks’ fans, is that Khris Middleton is an extremely talented basketball player. While he is not the flashy superstar many may want, he is a quiet All-Star who can (and maybe will) one day bring a championship to Milwaukee.