“A Proven Assassin”: Bucks Legend Bob Dandridge Believes Khris Middleton Deserves More Recognition

Published 07/28/2021, 9:40 AM EDT
Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) celebrates with the Larry O’Brien Trophy after game six of the 2021 NBA Finals and the championship against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Greek freak Giannis Antetokounmpo recently created history with the Milwaukee Bucks. After 50 long years, the Bucks reached the pinnacle of success. Giannis’ decision of not switching to a heavyweight side paid off, and just how well! He defied all odds to come out victorious. But he could not have done it all alone; along the way, Giannis was aided by a lieutenant of sorts – Khris Middleton.

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Khris Middleton stood up for the Bucks when needed the most

In Giannis‘ absence, the Milwaukee Bucks normally would’ve crumbled. However, Khris Middleton assumed responsibility and carried the team. Along with Jrue Holiday, Middleton saw his side past the Atlanta Hawks. And Arkansas University legend Todd Day acknowledged Middleton’s contribution to Milwaukee.

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Jun 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) shoots a three point shot through four Atlanta Hawks players during the second half during game three of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

“I think he was a key force in them [Milwaukee] being able to go over the hump,” Day said on a BasketballNews.com discussion.

“Because when they took Giannis out of the game, and also Jrue was struggling at the time, he just took over. There were two or three games where he just took over. A third quarter he scored like 24 points. Whenever you have two teams that’s really close, you have to have somebody or couple of people who have burst out games; and I think he’s done that.”

Todd Day believes Middleton doesn’t get his due credit

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In the 2020-21 season, Middleton averaged just over 20 points for the Bucks. However, when under pressure at 2-2 in the Atlanta series, Middleton stepped up with an average of close to 30 points and finished the job in six games. The proof is in the pudding, and Todd Day felt the same.

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“He’s a proven assassin, an asylum assassin. He doesn’t get the credit that I think he deserves because he was in Milwaukee. But now that they’ve made a good playoff run and were able to get a ring, and now he’s going to play for the USA team, he’ll start to get the recognition that he truly deserves.”

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Khris Middleton is an NBA Champion, and the sound of that has a particularly good ring to it. He had a great season, but will look to improve further in 2021-22. What did you think of Middleton’s extravagant campaign? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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