Texas A&M Basketball: Khris Middleton is dominating in the NBA Finals

Khris Middleton, Texas A&M Basketball (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Khris Middleton, Texas A&M Basketball (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
Texas A&M Basketball
Khris Middleton, Texas A&M Basketball (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Texas A&M Basketball team has never been a high-profile college basketball program. Even when they are competitive, they’ll use an underdog mentality to get wins and advance in the NCAA Tournament.

No player embodies that mentality more than Khris Middleton, a former Aggie basketball star who had to earn his spot in the NBA the hard way.

Middleton was selected in the second round by the Detroit Pistons in 2012. He spent the bulk of his time during his rookie year playing for the Pistons’ D-League affiliate in the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, only managing to see time in 27 games for Detroit’s NBA squad.

It’s hard to say how this happens, but Middleton was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he would join the team and instantly average double-figure scoring. His 3-point shooting percentage jumped over 10% to 41.4% and he became an objectively better player. It was the perfect fit.

Former Texas A&M Basketball player Khris Middleton is becoming an NBA Playoff star

We already updated you on Khris Middleton’s performance earlier in the playoffs, where he had multiple 38-point performances. This time around, Middleton is coming off of an even more explosive performance, where he led his team to a crucial game 4 win.

Middleton dropped 40 points, scoring at a high volume throughout the entire game. But it wasn’t his overall performance that stuck out this time around. Rather, Middleton took over the game near the end, scoring three clutch baskets in the last 2:07 of the game. Overall, he would score 10 points in the last couple of minutes.

This included two smooth mid-range shots with a defender in his face and a layup with heavy contact. He also knocked down four clutch free throws to keep his team ahead. This was one of the most clutch performances by any player in the NBA this season.

The former Aggie forward will look to make a statement in a pivotal game 5 matchup on Saturday. Middleton has continuously proven that he can step up when Giannis Antetokounmpo has too much pressure from opposing defense. Saturday night should be no exception.

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Keep your eyes glued to the NBA Finals, as this former Texas A&M Basketball player has already established himself as one of the stars of this year’s series.