Malik Monk
Malik Monk
22-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. Hornets exercised $5.35 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Malik Ahmad Monk was born in 1998 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Michael Scales and Jackie Monk. He went to East Poinsett County High School in Lepanto, Arkansas for his freshman year and produced an impressive 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Monk transferred to Bentonville High School and eventually averaged 26.6 points as a junior. But it was his senior campaign that got everyone's attention, when he put up 28.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. That effort led to Monk receiving honors as Arkansas Mr. Basketball, McDonald's All-American, and Jordan Brand Classic All-Star. He was also ranked the No. 9 recruit in the nation in advance of attending the University of Kentucky. You can follow Monk on Twitter (@AhmadMonk) and Instagram (@ahmad_monk).

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Through the first 10 games of his one season at Kentucky, Monk looked like just another very good scorer. He tallied at least 20 points in six games to help the Wildcats to a 9-1 start. The 11th game against North Carolina simply became known as the Malik Monk game. The 6-foot-3 guard pummeled the Tar Heels for 47 points, including eight three-pointers, to set a UK freshman scoring record. It was the first of his four games with at least 33 points, including the SEC opener against Ole Miss in which he scored 34 points. Monk continued to pour in points, but he had a brief slump at the conclusion of the regular season. He was held to single-digit scoring in consecutive games to close the regular season and in the first game of the SEC tournament. The Wildcats were able to overcome and Monk bounced back with 20 points in the second tourney game. He helped Kentucky advance to the Elite Eight before the Tar Heels got their revenge by holding the guard to 12 points to conclude the Wildcat season. Like many Kentucky players, Monk was one and done, subsequently declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft. He was chosen with the 11th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets.

Reinstated during hiatus
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June 8, 2020
Monk has been reinstated by the NBA following a drug-related suspension in February, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
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Monk was suspended indefinitely Feb. 26 -- roughly two weeks before the league suspended the regular season. Few details regarding the nature of Monk's violation have emerged, but the Hornets announced Monday that the former Kentucky standout has officially been reinstated. The Hornets will not be among the 22 teams heading to Orlando next month, however, so Monk will have to wait until the start of the 2020-21 season to return to action.
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2019

Monk appeared in 55 games for the Hornets during the 2019-20 season. He set new per-game career highs in points (10.3), rebounds (2.9) and assists (2.1) in 21.3 minutes. He also shot a career-high 43.4 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three and 82.0 percent from the free-throw line. Monk set new single-game career highs of 31 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. His other single-game season highs were seven assists, four threes and two blocks. He had one double-double. Monk had six games with at least 20 points, 11 games with at least five rebounds and four games with at least five assists. He also had 20 games with at least one steal and 14 games with at least one block. Monk's longest streak of double-digit scoring games was eight contests from Feb. 1 to Feb. 22. During that stretch, he averaged 17.8 points on 13.5 shots, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.8 minutes.

2018

In his sophomore campaign, Monk came off the bench for all of his 73 appearances. He was brought in to to provide a scoring spark via outside shooting. Monk took 4.5 three-pointers in his 17.2 minutes per game. He made 33 percent of them, raising that mark to 40 percent during the month of March. He also seemed more comfortable at home, drilling 38 percent of his attempts from distance in the Spectrum Center. Increased usage from his rookie season resulted in Monk seeing his points per game rise from 6.7 to 8.9 per contest. The shooting guard also averaged 1.6 assists per game. Monk started the season hot, as he had double-digit points in 10 of his first 12 games, including two 20-point outings. Across 16 games seeing at least 24 minutes, Monk averaged 14.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Arguably his best game of the year occurred on Dec. 31 in a 25-point home win over the Magic, with Monk dropping 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting, four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and just one turnover. Overall, Monk recorded 31 games with at least 10 points, five games with five-plus rebounds and four games with five-plus assists. Defensively, he recorded a steal or more in 29 games and recorded at least one block in 16 outings.

2017

After a terrific freshman year with the University of Kentucky, Malik Monk was drafted 11th overall by the Hornets in the 2017 Draft. He'd appear in 68 NBA games during his rookie season and one contest with the G-League's Greensboro Swarm. In that one G-League game, Monk dropped 25 points with eight rebounds and four assists. At the NBA level, he averaged 6.7 points on 36 percent shooting. He saw 13.6 minutes per night and knocked down threes at a 34.2 percent clip. His first of 16 double-digit scoring games came on Oct. 25 with 17 points versus the Nuggets. That started a stretch where Monk recorded five such games over an eight-game span. During the same span, he averaged 12 points, three assists, and 2.1 rebounds. That run also included two of his five games with at least 20 points. The guard ended the season with six straight double-digit scoring games, including three consecutive 20-point performances and a season-high 26 points on Apr. 6 at the Magic. Monk would go on to average 19.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting across those six contests.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2017
    Signed a multi-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets
  • December 26, 2017
    Assigned to the Greensboro Swarm of the G-League.
  • December 27, 2017
    Recalled from the Greensboro Swarm of the G-League.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Suspended indefinitely
GCharlotte Hornets
Suspension
February 26, 2020
Monk has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Gets the start
GCharlotte Hornets
February 25, 2020
Monk scored eight points (4-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt), while tacking on three assists, a rebound and a steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 119-80 loss to the Pacers.
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Will start Tuesday
GCharlotte Hornets
February 25, 2020
Monk will start Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
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Scores 25 again
GCharlotte Hornets
February 20, 2020
Monk produced 25 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes during Thursday's 103-93 win over the Bulls.
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Efficient 25 points in victory
GCharlotte Hornets
February 13, 2020
Monk posted 25 points (10-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 115-108 victory over the Timberwolves.
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