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All-Star Game Primer: a look back at Bucks' 'first-timers'

February 16, 2019 - 7:05 pm

By Daniel Plocher:

Khris Middleton will be playing in the first All-Star game of his career on Sunday night. His selection makes him the fifth different Buck to make the All-Star game over the past 20 seasons. How does his inaugural All-Star season thus far stack up to those of his predecessors? Let’s look back at the introductory, All-Star seasons of the Bucks’ five, most recent All-Stars:

1. Khris Middleton (First All-Star Selection: 2018-19)

Middleton has scored at a 17 points-per-game clip thus far in the 2018-19 NBA season. He’s averaging career highs in both rebounds (5.8) and assists (4.2) at the mid-season break, too. While this performance is underwhelming to some, Middleton has been a solid second option for the Bucks. Defensively, his 0.141 win shares is Top 5 among forwards and Top 15 among all NBA players. There isn’t one category in which Middleton has excelled this season. Instead, he has developed a Swiss army knife-like game in his first All-Star season, providing a solid complement to the next guy on the list.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (First All-Star Selection: 2016-17)

The Greek Freak’s All-Star status began back in 2016-17 when he was just 22 years old. In what was then his fourth NBA season, he averaged 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists by season’s end. Antetokounmpo received 1.6 million votes, good for the third most in the Eastern Conference and a spot in the starting lineup that year. It made Antetokounmpo the first Buck since Marques Johnson (1979) to make his first All-Star team as a starter, too. Antetokounmpo broke a 12-season, All-Star-less streak for the Bucks in that 2017 season. A streak started by…

3. Michael Redd (First All-Star Selection: 2003-2004)

Like Giannis, Redd was in his fourth season in the NBA when he received his first (and ultimately only) All-Star selection. Thrust into a full-time starting job after the departure of Ray Allen, Redd averaged 21.7 points, 5 rebounds (a career high), and 2.3 assists that seasons. It was also a season of good health for Redd – the only of his 12 NBA seasons in which he played (and started) all 82 games.  

4 and 5. Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson (First All-Star Selections: 1999-2000)

In 2000, the Bucks boasted two first time All-Stars in Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson.

Robinson made his first All-Star team at age 27 – the same age as Khris Middleton. Robinson put up 22 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest that season.

Meanwhile, Ray Allen – then a 24-year-old – averaged 22 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game in that turn-of-the-millennium season.

Both Allen and Robinson would repeat as All-Stars the following season – the first Bucks duo to do so since Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons.

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