Lakers superstar LeBron James has been in the news lately, playing with his new team for the Lakers.
The “khris middleton wife” is a phrase that has been used to describe Khris Middleton. Khris Middleton is the Milwaukee Bucks’ player, and he’s like a younger version of Khris.
Last year around this time, the Milwaukee Bucks and then-MVP Giannis Anteotkounmpo were debating whether or not their generational big man had enough support. Khris Middleton was Milwaukee’s second-best player, but was he talented enough to play on a championship team as the second-best player? Was there another guy on the roster capable of completing a Big Three?
Milwaukee’s three finest players eventually guided the franchise to its first title in 50 years, thanks to general manager Jon Horst’s acquisition of Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Now, it seems that the organization has unearthed another hidden talent in second-year forward Jordan Nwora, who might aid the Bucks’ established three in their quest for back-to-back titles.
Jordan Nwora is having a breakthrough season.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ Jordan Nwora in action against the Miami Heat. Getty Images/Michael Reaves
The Bucks selected Nwora in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, at No. 45 overall. He was a good player at Louisville, averaging 18.0 points and 7.7 rebounds with a slash line of 44.0/40.2/81.3 in his last season.
However, as a 22-year-old athlete, Nwora had the all-too-familiar disadvantage of being a “older” player. His athleticism was also a source of worry, as it posed questions about his ability to generate his own shot and defend.
In his debut season, the 6-foot-8 winger appeared in just 30 games and averaged only 9.1 minutes per game.
Nwora, on the other hand, has already turned the tables in his second year. Through Milwaukee’s first five games, he’s averaging 23.4 minutes per game and scoring 10.2 points per night on 38.5 percent three-point shooting.
His early efforts have also been recognized.
Jrue Holiday likened Nwora to Khris Middleton, a two-time all-star.
Several Bucks players have complimented the second-year sharpshooter.
“He’s playing amazing,” Antetokounmpo said, via The Milwaukee Bucks (h/t Behind the Buck Pass). He’s swatting away at the ball…. I’m glad he’s in the lineup.”
Nwora, on the other hand, received the most praise over the holiday season:
“My favorite player is Jordan. In this league, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with…. He reminds me of a youthful Khris.”
Jordan Nwora on Jrue Holiday
The similarities to Middleton are undeniable. He and Nwora were both second-round choices who struggled to acclimatize to the NBA game early in their careers. They’re also on a similar statistical trend.
- Nwora’s first season saw him average 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 45.9% shooting.
- Middleton had a strong rookie season, averaging 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 44.0 percent shooting.
- Nwora’s second season stats (through five games): 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 38.5 percent three-point shooting
- Year two of Middleton’s career: 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 41.4 percent three-point shooting
Nwora’s path to regular playing time this season was via defense, and he’s showed progress there. The 23-year-old seems to be more at ease and has produced some flash plays on the backside of rotations, such as when he jumped up and jammed Kevin Durant at the basket against the Brooklyn Nets in the season opener.
Outside of the Big Three, Nwora provides the Milwaukee Bucks another scoring threat.
The Bucks’ rotation guards and wings are underappreciated. Grayson Allen has started all five games at shooting guard, and Pat Connaughton was a key part of the team’s championship run last season. In addition to Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo will return from injury later this year, and Milwaukee also possesses Rodney Hood.
As a 6-8, 225-pound wing, Nwora provides the club a distinct appearance. He’s a three-and-D player, and if he keeps playing like he has so far this season, the Bucks will have a “embarrassment of riches” on the perimeter.
As if the reigning NBA champions and their stalwart Big Three needed any more support, Milwaukee seems to have uncovered yet another hidden gem to aid in their quest for a repeat.
Basketball Reference provided all statistics.
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