Malik Monk’s big performance vs. North Carolina sent his NBA stock soaring, and on Chad Ford’s latest Big Board of NBA prospects, Monk jumped eleven spots to number four, behind Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Jackson. Forty-seven points is impressive, but Ford thinks Monk is capable of even more.
“Monk dropped 47 points on North Carolina on Saturday, and truthfully, that still didn’t really capture what he’s capable of as a scorer. His 3-point shooting, ballhandling and ability to finish at the rim make him the most elite scorer in the draft. If he were 6-foot-6, instead of 6-foot-3 — or if he had more of a chance to play the point at Kentucky — he’d challenge Fultz for the No. 1 spot on the board.”
Meanwhile, De’Aaron Fox checks in at number nine, the same spot from Ford’s first Big Board. Like most of us, Ford says Fox’s speed is incredible, but his shooting leaves a lot to be desired.
“There isn’t a faster player in the country than Fox. He’s a blur with the ball, both in the open court and in half-court sets. His quickness and ballhandling abilities are elite, and he’s showed terrific playmaking instincts at Kentucky — but the shooting is a big issue. He’s hitting just 15 percent of his 3s and only 30 percent of his 2-point jumpers for Kentucky.”
Bam Adebayo fell from 12th to 18th, with Ford expressing concerns about his feel for the game.
“Bam Adebayo has been solid for Kentucky, but not quite the dominant paint presence coach John Calipari had hoped. The strong, athletic big man is averaging 12.5 PPG and 8.0 RPG, though he hasn’t been as imposing in the middle as some scouts would like. He has the body and the springs, but the feel for the game still appears to be lacking.”
Just wait ’til February to judge Bam.