Kendrick Perkins continues his campaign to make Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton’s sidekick on the Milwaukee Bucks
When the Milwaukee Bucks lost game 1 to the Atlanta Hawks, many believed they were the likelier candidates to make it to the Finals. Three games into the series though, and Giannis Antetokounmpo and the crew have come back to lead 2-1, with all the momentum behind them.
While the Greek Freak has been stupendous, there is another player that has been incredible in his shadow for the Bucks. On certain occasions, he has even managed to steal the spotlight completely.
Yes, Khris Middleton has slowly started to step up for Milwaukee during these playoffs. Recently, the star scored an incredible team-high 38 points in game three against the Hawks. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and 7 assists in 42 minutes to complete a very impressive and all-rounded performance.
These kinds of performances have piqued the interest of ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins during this postseason. And after game-3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he had some choice words for Giannis, Khris, and the Bucks as a whole.
Let’s get into it.
Kendrick Perkins claims that Khris Middleton is the superhero on the Milwaukee Bucks, not Giannis Antetokounmpo
This isn’t the first time Big Perk has made this boisterous claim about the Bucks. Specifically, after Khris Middleton dropped a whopping 38 points on the Nets’ heads in game six.
Since then, Perkins has maintained that Khris Middleton needs to be treated as the number 1 option by the Bucks, going forward. And after yet another great performance by the player in his most recent game, the analyst tweeted this out.
I don’t think I need to repeat myself, but I will anyway damnit! Middleton is the Batman, Giannis is the Robin, and that’s OK!
38 points, 20 in the 4th.. all timely buckets! Carry the hell on… https://t.co/XgqUvp32uy
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 28, 2021
To be fair to Perk here, this claim isn’t as outlandish as it sounds. Middleton clearly has the more versatile game, and has even started to show some playmaking capabilities. And more than anything, when the star takes over a game, Giannis Antetokounmpo is also given a ton of free buckets.
So, what‘s the problem?
Well, the biggest reason this hasn’t happened yet, seems to be the 29-year-old’s issues with consistency. Simply put, the star is prone to perform at a high level one day, before falling off a cliff during the next.
But, if he can slay those demons, there is no reason to believe Khris Middleton can’t become the guy. And who knows, perhaps that’s exactly what the Bucks may need to take them to an NBA championship.