Entering the draft with proven explosiveness and elite shooting ability, Malik Monk primarily contributes as an offensive juggernaut, getting hot and scoring in bunches. Already, the 19-year-old has drawn comparisons to Stephen Curry for his ability to shoot well beyond the three-point line and J.R. Smith for his swagger and excitability on and off the court.
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While at the University of Kentucky, Monk showed his reliability on nearly 40-percent shooting from beyond the arc. While Monk is often criticized for size and lack of variety in his ball-handling, he surprisingly shoots at a higher percentage when contested. Although his basketball IQ may be questioned in the number of contested shots he takes, Monk has shown an ability to pass the ball through basic defensive sets. Additionally, one of Monk’s greatest assets is to punish weak defensive recoveries and ignite the offense. Be it from a Klay Thompson-esque heat stroke resulting in a quick stack of points or from a dunk contest-worthy slam, Monk is more than capable of turning a losing game around in a short span of time.
Malik Monk is ready for the NBA
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HoopsNation’s own Alex Jarvis lists Malik Monk as the eighth pick to the New York Knicks in his mock draft. Monk’s fit in New York would likely extend past a Carmelo Anthony bail-out option, more toward a building block for the future. The insistence of Knicks’ President, Phil Jackson to run a triangle offense opens the door for Malik to reach toward his potential. A vacancy at the guard spot along with rising superstar Kristaps Porziņģis will allow Monk to grow and develop his game without an elite guard ahead of him limiting his playing time.
The Timberwolves are slowly building more and more young talent to compete in the east for many years to come. Here, Malik Monk would play along other young, proven talent such as Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. While the explosiveness of Monk might be underutilized by a commitment to the other young studs, it could just as well catalyze his potential.
If drafted to the Magic, Monk could find a fit directly into the starting lineup ahead of Evan Fournier or possibly flexed to the point guard position over Elfrid Payton. Malik Monk could find a possible mentor in another young player, Terrence Ross, who possesses a similar skill set. Orlando is still searching for its lead guard to light the way for the new era, and if drafted, Monk could be that key to the future.
No matter who drafts the high flying Kentucky Wildcat, watch for Malik Monk in each week’s highlight reel – the only difference will be the color of the jersey on top of the poster.