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Middleton's late rise to stardom is nothing new...for him

February 21, 2019 - 2:45 pm

Khris Middleton has been a "late bloomer" throughout his basketball career, so it should come as no surprise that he made his first All-Star team at age 27 – his seventh season in the NBA.

During his high school days, his growth spurt came late; consequently, college recruiters came late, too. Once he got to college, injuries and coaching changes slowed his development at Texas A&M. Once expected to be a first-round pick, he was ultimately drafted by the Pistons in the second round. He spent a short stretch in the G-League, was a perceived throw-in player in a trade to the Bucks and grew (gradually) into a solid starter with the Bucks.

It’s not the typical NBA All-Star journey, but it’s part of what makes Middleton work as the Bucks second star. ESPN’s Zach Lowe explains in his latest piece, here.