5 players most likely to make their first NBA All-Star team in 2019

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3. Khris Middleton

Slowly but surely, Khris Middleton has transitioned from underdeveloped second round afterthought to one of the most underrated players in all the league.

He’s morphed into a complete offensive package, with averages of 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game to go along with a 36.9 percent conversion rate from downtown. Plenty of times Middleton is called upon to create his own shot, and with great size and length, he’s normally able to do so.

Defensively, Middleton uses that same length to wreak havoc on the opposition. He fits the modern bill of a perimeter defender, capable of guarding his own man but equally adept at switching 1-4.

The Milwaukee Bucks currently own the second-best record in the entire NBA at 24-10, mostly due to the MVP-level play Giannis Antetokounmpo, but next up on the value chart would be Middleton for his tremendous two-way abilities.

Most of the top teams are rewarded for their efforts with multiple All-Star representatives. For a Bucks squad playing above expectations, they shouldn’t be the exception to the rule.