When Khris Middleton appeared in his first NBA All-Star Game, it was not only a monumental occasion in his career, but a historic one at that. Having appeared in three games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants back in 2012, the 27-year-old became the first NBA G League alum to become an NBA All-Star. The path he’s taken to success and stardom will now serve as motivation for NBA G League players for the future.
It was certainly a busy few days for Middleton. In addition to competing in the weekend’s premier event, the sharpshooter also took part in the 2019 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest, all while still finding time to reflect upon his unique path.
First, here’s a look back at how things all began for Middleton and how far he’s come.
Tipping off the weekend’s action, Middleton let the long balls fly from deep, where he eventually lost to the contest’s ultimate victor, fellow NBA G League alum Joe Harris.
Next up was the All-Star Game itself, where Middleton first took a pause to reflect upon his path, saying that he hopes his accomplishment will start a trend of minor leaguers who follow in his footsteps.
When he finally ripped off his warm-ups and took his place alongside the NBA’s top talents, Middleton made sure to prove that he absolutely belonged. He heated up rather quickly off the bench, connecting on six three-pointers en route to scoring 20 points in the contest. He was tied for the game’s third-leading scorer, behind captain and Bucks teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo (38) and All-Star MVP Kevin Durant (31).
Such an outing put quite the exclamation point on an eventful weekend, one that Middleton and the NBA G League won’t soon forget.