Bucks All-Star Ready To Make Season Debut

The Milwaukee Bucks are 14-5 and own the second-best record in the NBA. And that's without their No. 2 option, forward Khris Middleton, who has yet to play this season. But that is finally about to change. 

NBA Insider Shams Charania reports that Middleton could return as soon as Friday, for the Bucks' game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He's been out rehabbing from offseason wrist surgery. He hasn't played since going down with a sprained MCL in the second game of the playoffs back in April—his absence a main reason the Bucks were unable to advance back to the NBA Finals to defend their 2021 championship. 

The 3-time All-Star is a crucial piece for the Bucks at both ends of the floor. Last season, he averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists. 

With Giannis Antetokounmpo playing like the two-time MVP that he is, the Bucks have more than weathered the storm so far this season, holding down the No. 1 defense in the league. At the other end, Giannis is averaging a career-high 30.9 points per game, 11.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Nevertheless, he'll be thrilled to have his No. 2 man back in the saddle. 

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