Charleston native and Porter-Gaud graduate Khris Middleton played in his first NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Sunday night and didn’t disappoint despite his team falling short at the end.

The Milwaukee Bucks guard finished with 20 points in 21 minutes off six threes and a handful of rebounds and assists to boot. His stat line doesn’t show it, but Middleton even managed to swipe LeBron James coming off a defensive rebound.

Middleton didn’t find a groove in Saturday’s Three-Point Shootout, but he certainly was feeling it on Sunday at the Spectrum Center, knocking down three outside shots in a row in the second quarter as his team rallied over James’ squad. James’ team would mount a surge in the end.
[embed-3] The Charleston native is known to be a hard-worker in the gym, moving up from a late draft pick by the Pistons in 2012, grinding briefly in the G League, and working as a bench player, all on the way to his first All-Star Game this weekend. In 2015, Middleton signed a five-year $70 million deal with the Bucks.

As a member of one of the hottest teams in the league right now, Middleton’s All-Star team was captained by his Bucks teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo and led from the sidelines by coach Mike Budenholzer.

To read up more on Middleton’s journey, check Frankie Mansfield’s Moultrie News write-up on All-Star weekend, Sporting News’ look back at his max deal, and The Ringer’s look at Middleton as a quiet role player back in 2017.