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.”
“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.