Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo States His Expectations on Khris Middleton

Published 12/26/2020, 1:29 PM EST
Dec 18, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives while defended by Milwaukee Bucks forwards Khris Middleton (22) and D.J. Wilson (5) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks soared to victory in just their second-ever Christmas Day home game in franchise history. Khris Middleton led from the front with a 31-point performance, and Giannis Antetokounmpo was delighted with his teammate’s contribution. 

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Middleton torched the Golden State Warriors on Friday night and put up incredible numbers in 3 quarters. This took his total to 58 points from the first 2 games of the season. 

“[Middleton’s] playing well, making shots. Played with high confidence, you know creating plays for others. It’s good, we need this from him, we need him to do this all year long and he’s feeling good and you know when Khris feels good, you gotta pass him the ball,” said Antetokounmpo about Middleton. 

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Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

And right enough, Khris Middleton displayed terrific confidence on the court to inspire his teammates. Middleton finished with 6 threes in the game from just 8 attempts. Besides scoring, the forward was also instrumental in linking up plays between his teammates. 

“He’s playing to get his own shot, but he’s playing through everybody else. He’s running to the corner he’s getting easy looks so he’s playing with a high confidence right now and this team really needs that,” Antetokounmpo added. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo feels his Milwaukee Bucks teammate has vastly improved 

The Bucks are now a threatening team in the Eastern Conference, thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo. But one should also credit Khris Middleton for staying loyal to the franchise and developing as a solid #2 in the team. 

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Middleton’s game has seen a vast improvement over the years, and the South Carolina native also earned his first All-Star game selection in 2018. He’s been consistent with his numbers over the last four years, and Giannis has been a keen observer. 

“I believe [Middleton] could always pass and his handles were always there. But he’s way better he’s improving, he’s getting older, he knows the game better and he takes his time so he’s better,” mentioned the two-time MVP. 

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The Milwaukee Bucks currently have a 1-1 record to their 2021 campaign. There are challenging games ahead for the Bucks as they visit the New York Knicks next, followed by 2 road games against the Miami Heat

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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