It may already be Malik Monk time in Charlotte.
The day after Monk scored 19 points in 23 minutes for the Hornets in a preseason game, there is news that Nicholas Batum suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will miss up to 12 weeks. Batum’s injury likely bumps Monk into the starting shooting guard role, alongside Kemba Walker in the backcourt.
The injury also affects Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who will be asked to do more on the wing in Batum’s absence. But for Monk, this is a huge opportunity.