It’s safe to say that the Milwaukee Bucks and Khris Middleton‘s recent slide came at a bad time in regards to All-Star voting.
Tuesday night brought the news that Middleton fell short of making his third straight All-Star appearance, despite having improved statistically across major categories. After the Bucks’ 139-112 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Middleton is up to 20.3 points on .498/.434/.895 shooting splits, 6.1 rebounds. 5.7 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.2 minutes per game for the season.
There’s no question that Middleton’s play has suffered in recent weeks, which all coincided with the absence of Jrue Holiday. In the nine games without Holiday, Middleton is averaging 19.9 points on .450/.341/.833 shooting, 6.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.6 turnovers across 35.8 minutes per game.
That’s certainly a stark contrast to the highly efficient, steady decision making that Middleton has shown when the Bucks have been at full strength. And no Holiday has meant plenty of defensive pressure funneling towards Middleton’s way and trying to bother him from getting to his favored spots on the floor.
In this season where ups and downs are almost guaranteed for every team, save for a rare few, and All-Star voting has come a little less than the halfway mark of this condensed season, no player that was vying for an All-Star bid can’t afford a slip up. Especially that close to when voting was held and unfortunately, recency bias seemingly played a…