After nearly a two-month delay, Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton will officially play his season debut on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As he nursed his offseason wrist surgery, Middleton was initially ruled out on the early portion of the club’s 2022-23 season. In the process, he missed Milwaukee’s 20 games to start.
As part of his rehabbing process, the Bucks have been frequently sending Middleton to its G League affiliate Wisconsin Herd in the previous weeks for plenty of shootaround and ramp up process. It now appears that the three-time All-Star is set to go and perform.
Middleton, 31, averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 boards and 5.4 assists in 66 games last season. His absence last postseason due to MCL injury ultimately derailed Milwaukee in its hopes of a potential back-to-back title run, as they were eliminated by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics in a gruelling seven-game, second-round series.
As one of the league’s title heavyweights, the current 15-5 Bucks heavily clings on Middleton’s three-way scoring production and late-game finishing. The franchise can only hope that he will have a healthy season to seize their championship chances.