Middleton Added as All-Star Reserve, Budenholzer to Coach Team Giannis

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MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 22: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by Allonzo Trier #14 of the New York Knicks during a game at the Fiserv Forum on October 22, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is […]

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton has been selected as a reserve for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today. This is the first-career All-Star selection for Middleton who will join teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte when it tips-off from Spectrum Center on Sunday, Feb. 17.

In his seventh season, Middleton is averaging 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game (both the second-highest averages on the Bucks) in addition to 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals per contest, helping the Bucks to an NBA-best record of 36-13. He’s tallied 16 20-point games this season and is one of only five players in the Eastern Conference averaging at least 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season.

Antetokounmpo and Middleton are the first Bucks duo to be selected to an All-Star Game since 2001 when both Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson represented the Bucks. This is the 13th time in franchise history that Milwaukee has had multiple All-Stars.

NBA head coaches selected the reserve players for the All-Star Game. Middleton will find out what team he will play on for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game when Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James draft the rosters for “Team Giannis” and “Team LeBron” from the pool of All-Star starters and reserves on Thursday, Feb. 7. The draft will be televised on TNT beginning at 6 p.m. CT.

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff will coach Team Giannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. With a 105-92 win over the Toronto Raptors tonight, the Bucks (37-13) clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 3, giving Budenholzer the right to coach Team Giannis in the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

Budenholzer has led the Bucks to the best record in the NBA this season, with this being the first time since April 13, 1986 that Milwaukee has been 24 or more games over .500. The Bucks have won an NBA-high 27 games by double figures, including tonight’s 13-point win over the second-place Raptors, and are the only team in the NBA to rank inside the top five of both offensive and defensive rating. Milwaukee is the second-highest scoring team in the league (117.0 ppg) and has the best points per game differential in the NBA at 9.7.

This is the second All-Star Game head coaching honor for Budenholzer, who led the Eastern Conference in 2015 as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. He is the Bucks’ second All-Star Game head coach, joining Larry Costello who was a head coach during the 1971 and 1974 All-Star Games. Budenholzer will be joined at the All-Star Game by Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was named a captain and starter for the All-Star Game last week, and forward Khris Middleton, who was announced as a reserve for the All-Star Game earlier tonight.

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will tip-off at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 from Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

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