With his first 3-pointer early in the Bucks home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, All-Star Khris Middleton made franchise history.
He surpassed franchise legend and Hall of Famer Ray Allen for the most 3-pointers in Bucks’ regular-season history.
Allen, considered one of the greatest shooters of all-time, set the tally of 1,051 3-pointers in 494 games for the Bucks between 1996 and 2003. He knocked them down at an average of 2.1 per game at an efficiency of 40.6 percent.
On the other hand, Middleton passed Allen’s tally in his 566th regular-season game for the Bucks and sits atop the leaderboard with 1,054 career 3-pointers. The 30-year-old is making 1.9 3-pointers per game at a rate of 39.4 percent.
2021 has been considered quite the year for Middleton with this recent record only the cherry on top.
Just days after winning the 2021 championship with the Bucks, Middleton travelled to Tokyo to be part of Team USA’s roster that went on to win the Olympic gold medal.
“To break a record like this, any franchise record is amazing,” Middleton said postgame.
Both Allen and Middleton were acquired by the Bucks in trades.
Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 1996 Draft, Allen and Andrew Lang were traded to the Bucks for the draft rights to fourth pick Stephon Marbury.
Meanwhile, Middleton was acquired by the Bucks in 2013 along with Brandon Knight and Viacheslav Kravtsov from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Jennings. The Pistons had drafted Middleton with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 Draft.