Given Monk’s overwhelming scoring ability and the fact he played with the always-in-the-spotlight Wildcats, Twitter naturally responded to this draft pick:
Monk averaged 19.8 points per game as a Kentucky freshman behind 39.7 percent shooting from three-point range. He demonstrated his immense potential when he exploded for 47 points in a December victory over the eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels and surely caught the eye of NBA teams in the process.
Between his ability to extend his offensive game beyond the three-point line and finish over smaller defenders in the lane at 6’3″ and 200 pounds, Monk has the chance to develop into a game-changing scorer at the NBA level.
His college coach, John Calipari, hinted at the potential, per Fletcher Page of USA Today: “Malik is a special talent. With Malik, you’re talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique.”
The Hornets will look to tap into that superior athleticism and scoring ability immediately in his rookie season. If he lives up to his potential, he will give them a game-changing rotation piece that could help lead them to the playoffs.
Charlotte is just one year removed from winning 48 games and reaching the playoffs. Last year was a rough one for the franchise, as it fell back to 36-46 and was 14th in offensive and defensive efficiency, per Basketball-Reference.com.
Adding Monk adds a level of explosiveness and upside, especially on offense, to get the Hornets back into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.
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