Malik Monk-G-Kentucky
Size: 6’3 200lbs

Malik Monk
Kentucky’s Malik Monk (5) shoots while defended by Canisius’ Kiefer Douse during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Strengths:

  • Lights out shooter
  • Hard worker
  • High basketball IQ
  • Lateral quickness on the defensive end
  • Plethora of shot fakes

Analysis: Malik Monk is a deadly shooter, plain and simple. He made 40% of his 3-point attempts over 8.1 attempts per-40 minutes pace adjusted last season, Monk ranked among the most prolific shooters in this draft class, and mostly played to his strengths, with some 80% of his shot attempts coming away from the rim in the half court, according to Synergy Sports Technology. Defensively, Monk has solid lateral quickness, but some things to clean up to help make up for his lack of great size, strength and length.  Playing with wavering intensity and improvable discipline, Monk is capable of applying ball pressure and held his own for the most part this season, but makes some mistakes allowing slower players to get to spots against him off the bounce, isn’t very disruptive, and offers little value on the glass. On a very talented team, he has efficiently and comfortably taken on a major scoring role, talent seems to shine through even among the best. Monk has to be taken into account past three-point line, will stretch the floor and should be incredibly confident shooting from NBA 3PT range.

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized as a 2-guard
  • Doesn’t fit as primary ball-handler
  • Struggles defensively against bigger guards
  • Must get stronger around the rim

Analysis: There is no denying Monk’s ability to shoot the basketball, but at 6’3 he could struggle against larger two-guards in the NBA. His game doesn’t fit as a teams primary ball-handler, one reason you saw De’Aaron Fox run the point at Kentucky, despite being the same height as Monk. One challenge for Monk moving forward will be honing his explosiveness into legitimate NBA-caliber shot creating ability. With just 10% of his possessions coming in pick and roll or isolation situations last year, Monk was seldom asked to create for himself off the dribble alongside De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe, and found mixed results when he was.  Shooting 49% inside the paint in the half court, Monk wasn’t adept at using his tools to create high percentage shots around the rim.  Lacking a degree of physicality inside to absorb contact inside and settling for some tough off-balance shots in close, Monk did draw fouls at a solid rate, and shot 82% from the line, but has a lot of room to grow as a slasher and shot-creator.

NBA Comparison: Lou Williams

Draft Projection: Top 8

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