Malik Monk
Malik Monk
21-Year-Old GuardG
Charlotte Hornets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Monk, the No. 11 overall pick in 2017, averaged career highs in points (8.9), rebounds (1.9) and assists (1.6) in his second season, coming off the bench for 17.2 minutes per game. He also canned 1.5 triples at a 33.0 percent clip. Aside from the three-ball, Monk's shooting has been pedestrian in his first two seasons, shooting 37.8 from the field. The Hornets are facing a total rebuild this season with leading scorers Jeremy Lamb and franchise superstar Kemba Walker gone in free agency. That gives Charlotte incentive to give more playing time to its young players, possibly affording Monk a bump in usage. He averaged 18.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.1 threes per 36 minutes last season, and more minutes could put him on the fantasy radar for the first time in his career. The former lottery pick out of Kentucky has failed to live up to his high draft selection in two seasons, but the Hornets are bereft of talent, opening the door for Monk to prove himself in the league if he can earn significant minutes. He's an interesting late-round flyer who offers scoring upside, but how Charlotte's rotation shakes out this season is anyone's guess at this point. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.35 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2017. Hornets exercised $4.03 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Posts 18 points, seven dimes
GCharlotte Hornets
October 16, 2019
Monk pitched in 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 116-110 loss to the Pistons.
Monk was marvelous, turning in an efficient scoring performance while dishing out seven dimes versus zero turnovers. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect this type of stat line from Monk on a consistent basis, but it's at least nice to know he has it in him.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Touted as a scorer out of college, Monk didn't appear comfortable during his rookie campaign, shooting just 36.0 percent from the field and averaging 6.7 points across 13.6 minutes. He also didn't do well as a distributor, totaling 49 turnovers with only 91 assists. It wasn't all bad, however, as the Kentucky product racked up five games with at least 20 points, including a 26 point, eight-assist outburst against the Magic in early April. Heading into his age 20 season, Monk should continue to play a reserve role at point guard, though the addition of Tony Parker into the mix complicates Monk’s route to minutes. The continued presence of both Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb at shooting guard will also make it difficult for Monk to garner run at that position. There’s still reason to be optimistic about Monk’s upside as a player, but this season may not be the best time to invest from a Fantasy perspective.
One of the most exciting players in college basketball last season, Monk teamed with fellow-freshman De'Aaron Fox to lead Kentucky to the Elite Eight. While Monk fell out of the top 10 on draft night, he landed in a favorable spot in Charlotte, where he'll be relied upon for bench scoring as a rookie. Monk is still developing as an overall offensive player, but he's already an outstanding three-point shooter, equally comfortable pulling up off the dribble as he his shooting off the catch. With Jeremy Lamb ahead of him on the depth chart, Monk's role will likely be somewhat limited in Year 1, but he should be a fixture in the rotation and could be used on the ball, at times, particularly if offseason addition Michael Carter-Williams struggles out of the gate.
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Scores 10 points in Monday's win
GCharlotte Hornets
October 14, 2019
Monk had 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt), two rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 18 minutes during Monday's 120-99 win over the Grizzlies.
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Full participant in practice
GCharlotte Hornets
October 13, 2019
Monk (toe) was a full participant in Sunday's practice, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
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Doesn't play in second half
GCharlotte Hornets
October 11, 2019
Monk was held out of the second half of Friday's preseason game against Philadelphia due to a toe injury, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Back at full strength
GCharlotte Hornets
October 8, 2019
Monk (toe) was spotted on the court for practice Tuesday and should be available for Wednesday's preseason game against Miami, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
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Ruled out for Sunday
GCharlotte Hornets
October 5, 2019
Monk (toe) won't play in Sunday's game against Boston.
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