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BBNBA: Let’s Talk About Malik Monk, Shall We?

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Good afternoon, folks. Malik Monk’s buzzer-beater warrants a Saturday post. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Monk’s three downs Pistons

  • The story of the night was Malik Monk’s epic buzzer-beating triple to break a 106 tie and take down the Detroit Pistons. Monk caught an inbound pass from Cody Martin at the top of the key and shot a fadeaway three right before the clock expired.

  • SHEESH!
  • Monk finished the game with 19 points for the Hornets while shooting 8-12 from the field and 2-4 from deep. He also added four rebounds and an assist to his total. Are we witnessing the Monk Leap?
  • Through 12 games this season, Monk is off to the best start of his three-year career. His numbers are up across the board and his field goal percentage has skyrocketed from a combined 37.6 percent his first two years to a blistering 51.1 percent (and that’s despite his three-point percentage dipping down to just 31.7 percent, a career-low). He’s taken several leaps as a passer – whipping cross-court one-handed dimes with ease and playing confidently out of the pick-and-roll with his partner. But the biggest difference for Monk this year is he’s attacking the rim like a bulldozer.
  • In his first two seasons, Monk never attempted more than 25 percent of his shot attempts at the rim. This year that number has soared to 40 PERCENT. Even MORE impressive, he’s converting those shots at a 71 percent clip (ranking in the 90th percentile among wing players) compared to just 59 percent a season ago. [Stats via Cleaning the Glass]
  • Monk’s first two seasons in Charlotte have been a notorious struggle – something he’s owned up to. But now, his hard work is paying off and his coach is letting him play through the growing pains.
  • “Every game is getting better and better, too,” Monk said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “Hopefully, I’ll keep growing up from there. I’ve been working hard for these two, three years. I’ve been waiting for my moment.”
  • We’ve been hyping up Monk throughout these BBNBA posts to start the season and now the rest of the world is finally learning just how much he’s improved.

SGA and OKC win in overtime

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder won an overtime thriller against the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to Danilo Gallinari’s hot-shooting night of 28 points on only 11 shot attempts. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 24 points, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals for OKC while shooting 9-19 from the field and 1-3 from deep. It was easily OKC’s best win of the young season and it moves them to 5-7 on the season.
  • Nerlens Noel added six points and seven rebounds for the Thunder while Hamidou Diallo was sidelined with a minor knee sprain that has him currently listed as day-to-day.

KAT pops off for 36

  • Karl-Anthony Towns led the BBNBA in scoring on Friday night, dropping 36 points on an efficient 13-18 shooting while hitting four of his six shots from deep. Towns also added 19 rebounds, three assists, and a block, but in a losing effort to the Washington Wizards, 137-116. Wizards guard Bradley Beal posted his second-straight 44 point game and his third overall game of the season with at least 40 points.

  • KAT turned 24 on Friday, but his birthday was spoiled by second-half domination from the Wiz.

Other notes

  • P.J. Washington added 11 points and five rebounds for the Hornets, making all three of his attempts from deep.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers held off the Sacramento Kings in a 99-97 win that saw Anthony Davis contribute 17 points and five rebounds. Wenyen Gabriel even got in on the action for Sacramento, but played only four minutes and was straight-up abused by LeBron James the entire time to the point where I felt bad for the former ‘Cat. Gabriel’s plus/minus was minus-11 in those four minutes.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)116-137 L vs. WAS3613-18 (4-6)193017-333
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)127-119 W vs. PHI (OT)249-19 (1-3)23202+140
Malik Monk (CHA)109-106 W vs. DET198-12 (2-4)41002+2321
Anthony Davis (LAL)99-97 W vs. SAC175-12 (0-3)52144-535
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)109-106 W vs. DET114-7 (3-3)51111-218
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)100-105 L vs. BOS105-6 (0-0)82111+625
Trey Lyles (SAS)109-111 L @ ORL83-7 (2-4)120002-1127
Nerlens Noel (OKC)127-119 W vs. PHI (OT)62-3 (0-0)71204-313
Enes Kanter (BOS)105-100 W @ GSW42-3 (0-0)51022+1014
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)97-99 L @ LAL00-1 (0-1)10000-114
Rajon Rondo (LAL)99-97 W vs. SAC00-3 (0-2)34102-1218
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)109-106 W vs. DETDNP-CD----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)127-119 W vs. PHI (OT)DNP-Knee----------------
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)97-99 L @ LALDNP-Ankle----------------
John Wall (WAS)137-116 W @ MINDNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

6:00 (NBATV): Nets @ Bulls

7:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Pacers

7:30: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Knicks (Knox, Randle)

8:00: Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

8:00: Rockets @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:30: Raptors @ Mavericks

8:30: Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Spurs (Lyles)

10:30: Hawks @ Clippers (Patterson)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

2 Comments for BBNBA: Let’s Talk About Malik Monk, Shall We?



  1. Aar
    2:34 pm November 16, 2019 Permalink

    Just wanna see MKG playing – preferably for a competitive team.

    Would love for him to be reunited with Anthony Davis



  2. j
    2:51 pm November 16, 2019 Permalink

    Awesome! Love that guy.