Bucks’ Khris Middleton Reportedly Had a Wrist Surgery in Early July

Khris Middleton of Team United States in 2021
Khris Middleton of Team United States in 2021. Photo by Pete Dovgan/Speed Media/Shutterstock (12230294cn)

The Milwaukee Bucks’ All-Star Khris Middleton had a procedure on his left wrist to deal with a torn ligament. According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, the surgery was performed back in early July, but the Bucks decided to keep it under wraps.

Middleton is expected to make a full recovery and should recover in time for the start of the 2022-23 NBA season. However, this probably doesn’t mean he’ll get on the floor right away, as he’ll need time to get in game shape.

Middleton made his third All-Star appearance in 2021-22 and finished the season with 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. However, he didn’t get the opportunity to carry over the momentum to the playoffs as he suffered a knee injury early in the first-round series against the Chicago Bulls that ruled him for the remainder of the season. Nevertheless, the Bucks managed to get past the Bulls before being eliminated by the Boston Celtics.

Khris Middleton started his NBA career as a second-round pick by the Detroit Pistons in 2012. After failing to get meaningful minutes in Detroit, he was traded to Milwaukee ahead of the 2013–14 season. The change of scenery proved to be all Middleton needed to flourish.

The Bucks gave Middleton a more prominent role right away, and he ran away with it. He would go on to improve almost every year before eventually becoming an All-Star in 2019. The Texas A&M also helped the Bucks win an NBA title in 2020-21 by averaging 23.6 points per game during that run.