James Khristian Middleton is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended high school at the Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina. As a junior and senior, he was named South Carolina Player of the Year, and was a McDonald's All-American nominee. After being recruited by Scott Spinelli, he went on to play college basketball for Texas A&M University, where he started the majority of the games in his freshman year. In his sophomore season, he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after leading the Aggies in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Middleton was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 39th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft. He received his first All-Star selection in 2019.