Middleton, who normally plays small forward, is averaging 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 23.5 minutes per game.
The Bucks are 3-point underdogs Monday in Charlotte against the Hornets.
Middleton came off the bench and scored 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting including 5 of 8 from the 3-point line. No Bucks starter had more than 11 points in the game. Middleton also added five rebounds, one assist and one steal. The 21 points was the first time Middleton surpassed 20 points in a game since Dec. 3.
The Bucks next play Monday at Charlotte.
In the fallout from Jabari Parker's torn ACL, the
At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, I took a look at the possible replacements for Parker on the Bucks' roster, headlined by
"Middleton wasn't a great shooter in college, but has now connected on 39.9 percent of his 3-point attempts in the NBA, on a pretty hefty sample size. He should slot in nicely at small forward if the team opts to stick him there, and already showed he can be a solid Fantasy option last season, when he averaged 13.3 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 3-pointers per game in 64 starts a year ago.
If Middleton is the priority as a Parker replacement, Ilyasova is the dark horse. Personally, I'm not terribly interested in adding Ilyasova, though I was consistently one of his biggest boosters last season. He has simply struggled to consistently produce, even when given a chance, and is shooting just 29.6 percent on 3-pointers since the end of the 2012-13 season, on 179 attempts."
Middleton is worth adding in nearly all category-based formats, especially if you are in need of a replacement for Parker. Ilyasova is also worth a flier, given how well he played prior to a broken nose, but is by no means a must-add option.
Middleton was listed as probable to play Sunday after missing his last two games with knee soreness, but he managed to play 20 minutes for the first time since Nov. 5. He also chipped in three steals, two rebounds and one block in the win, his team's third in its last four games. The Bucks are set to face the Knicks Tuesday.
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