Although this season has been a disaster, there is a still a lot for the Milwaukee Bucks’ fans to like, especially second-year small forward Khris Middleton.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Middleton and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Miller.
» Khris Middleton, SF, Milwaukee Bucks (21.4 percent owned on ESPN.com)
25 points (10-17 FG, 2-2 FT), 3 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers vs Pelicans.
Khris Middleton was considered largely a throw-in when the Milwaukee Bucks traded Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight. But since suiting up for the woebegone franchise, he’s shown that he definitely has a future in the NBA and deserves a spot on your fantasy squad.
I’ve been on the Middleton band-wagon for a good chunk of this season, and since the buy-out of veteran Caron Butler, more minutes have opened up for him on the wing. This is only a good thing for fantasy owners, as Middleton has been extremely impressive when coach Larry Drew has given him the court time commensurate to his performance.
Middleton has started the last 18 games at small forward, and currently sits at number 91 on Basketball Monster.com’ rankings.
But over the last two weeks, he’s been even better. His ranks 65th and is averaging 15.9 points, 2.0 three-pointers, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals, shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the foul line. From looking at those numbers, we can see that the biggest contribution Middleton will give you is in steals, points and three-pointers, while also helping both of your percentages.
For a guy who was an unknown second-round draft pick a season ago, Middleton has pushed himself into the minds of many NBA fans and you should be pushing to the front of the line to grab him for your fantasy team.