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Malik Monk’s NBA stock is soaring

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Coming in to this season, Malik Monk was ranked 15th on Chad Ford’s Big Board of 2017 NBA Draft prospects. Midway through the year, Monk has soared all the way to number four thanks to his ability to take over games and hang 47 on elite opponents, such as North Carolina. Yesterday, Ford and fellow draft guru Kevin Pelton debated the top picks in the draft, and both agreed that Monk should be in the top five come June.

“He has been the best scorer in college basketball as a freshman, averaging 22 points and shooting 41 percent from 3 on nearly eight attempts per game,” Ford said. “He’s one-dimensional, which I think probably affects his statistical projection, but Monk can score from everywhere. He’s shooting 74 percent at the rim and 49 percent on his 2-point jumpers. He’s possibly the best athlete in the draft as well.”

Pelton agreed.

“As compared to the other top prospects, Monk figures to be a more efficient scorer even with his projected 3-point percentage regressed heavily to the mean (35.0 percent). The effective shooting inside the arc you mention helps offset that, and rebounding is Monk’s only huge weakness statistically.”

I think John Calipari would agree with both of them that Monk needs to improve his rebounding. To read more, including a debate over who should go first in the draft (Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball), head on over to ESPN Insider.

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7 Comments for Malik Monk’s NBA stock is soaring

  1. KevinM
    11:55 am January 13, 2017 Permalink

    NBA always needs shooters, and Monk should go 1 or 2 IMO in this draft. Philly, Dallas, LA, all teams w/exception of Phx need shooters.

    Now, can Fox get to 1 or 2 if we end strong? That would be incredible for Cal to duplicate the 2012 draft. And if that happens, look for Trae Young to come here.

    Also, Booker in a 2015 redraft went 5th instead of 14th in the KAT draft year. So the question is if Monk is as good as Booker, how can you pass on Monk with that potential?

    1:56 pm January 13, 2017 Permalink

    Malik needs to round out his game, that is why he is the 5th or 6th best guard in the draft. Lonzo is the best, Then Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith, his teammate D.Fox and I think they have that Euro kid over him. Remember what Cal said a few years back on what the mark of a good player is? What are you doing when your NOT scoring the ball? In regards to Monk the answer is not much. He does not rebound AT ALL, and he can not create open shots for others AT ALL, he can create for himself but he can be streaky, when he is off, BOY he is OFF!! I need to see other areas of his game improve. His defense, passing and rebounding for him to truly be considered ELITE like the other guards I mentioned.

    • KY1234
      2:58 pm January 13, 2017 Permalink

      The other guards you mentioned want no part of Malik Monk

    • Luether
      3:14 pm January 13, 2017 Permalink

      Agree. Good post…

    • runningunnin.454
      6:11 pm January 13, 2017 Permalink

      I’ll take Monk over Ball any day: Ball can’t shoot.
      Actually, Ball is a point guard, and Fox is the better point guard.

  3. KY1234
    2:57 pm January 13, 2017 Permalink

    “He’s one dimensional” is the most unlettered analysis of a player I’ve ever read. I’m dumbfounded

    • Luether
      3:15 pm January 13, 2017 Permalink

      He does one thing well – really well. Needs to improving his passing, rebounding, defense, etc.