ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith believes Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton could be in the conversation for Finals MVP
When it comes to a number 2 on a championship team, they don’t come much better than Khris Middleton.
After years of disappointing in the playoffs, the 29-year-old has finally gotten over his postseason woes, performing at well above All-Star level for the Bucks. And in the finals especially, the man has stepped up.
His scoring has been top-notch for the Bucks in 3 of the 5 games played in this year’s finals. In fact, some would even say he outperformed Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 4, with a 40-point explosion to even out the series.
All in all, it is clear that Middleton is finally rising to the occasion. He has been clutch, and stepped up when his team needed him the most. But is this enough to start considering him for Finals MVP? Stephen A Smith certainly thinks so.
“Khris Middleton could be in the argument for NBA Finals MVP”: Stephen A Smith believes the Bucks star has a real shot at the award
We won’t lie, it really isn’t crazy to think that Middleton could be in the conversation for the award. Of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo would be the favorite. But, after him, the best player on the Bucks is clearly the former G League man.
What are Stephen A Smith’s arguments though? Take a look at the clip in the tweet below.
Khris Middleton could be in the argument for NBA Finals MVP. pic.twitter.com/UlD6wW087I
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 19, 2021
If the Bucks do take this series, whether it’s in game 6 or 7, frankly, we do think Khris Middleton could be in the Finals MVP conversation.
But do we think he’d win? Absolutely not.
As much as we love the player, the Greek Freak has been pouring it on for Milwaukee in every single game. He has rallied his team whenever it was needed and has essentially been the ideal version of himself during this finals series.
So, as much as we’d love the narrative of a counted-out G League player to Finals MVP, we just can’t see it happening.