Malik Monk (SG, Kentucky)

 

Measurables: 6’3”, 6’6” wingspan, 197 lbs, 19.3 years old

Strengths

  • Has the “clutch gene” – makes big shots when it counts
  • Freakish explosiveness/dunking ability
  • Very quick first step, allows him to blow past hard closeouts
  • Has the athleticism to defend well when locked in
  • Showed quickness/upside to guards PGs
  • Quickness helps him recover when beat
  • Big transition weapon – can be trailer shooter, lane filler, or crafty finishes near rim
  • Great elevation on 3 point shot, gets it off very quickly
  • 7% on 6.9 3PA/G
  • 82% FT shows stroke is legit (if it wasn’t already obvious)
  • Jumper threat opens up rest of his offense
  • Very nice pull up shot, also has great touch in lane
  • One of the rare snipers who has burst to get to rim
  • Has the ability to hit unguardable tough shots (stepbacks, etc)
  • Has shown flashes of lead guard passing skills

Weaknesses

  • Really needs to improve his ability creating for others – 13.3 AST% to 10.4 TOV%
  • 3 point shot gets streaky, which hurts as a focal point of his game
  • Somewhat of a tweener guard – SG game with PG size
  • Mediocre midrange efficiency – 38%
  • Doesn’t quite go right into traffic near rim
  • Reluctance for contact means he draws less fouls
  • Ideally converts to PG at NBA level, but that will be difficult
  • Average reach makes extension near rim difficult
  • Placed in odd position at NBA level on D – going to struggle a lot if he has to guard 2s
  • Will have to apply extreme effort to succeed on defense
  • Cannot afford to stand up in on-ball D/not remain locked in
  • Needs to improve defensive IQ a lot
  • Loses focus in off-ball D
  • Offense based on stepbacks/tough Js may not translate well
  • Needs to tighten handle to prepare for NBA D
  • Lacks creativity – settles for pullups instead of getting into lane
  • If he hopes to transition to PG, it will take a while
  • Doesn’t have the “extra pass” type IQ

Overall

  • Monk possesses elite shot-making ability as a phenomenal shooter who can explode around the rim. He will be an incredible weapon in transition given his ability to make threes on the run and his bounce near the rim. However, he’s not really a plug and play guy – situation will be key for him. Finding a place where he has the freedom to guard PGs and where he can mostly run off screens/spot up will be key for him (Philadelphia, for example, is a great fit). He may never be a good defender, but if he can be a net neutral on that end his shotmaking will be incredibly valuable. Shooters who can run all over the floor and pull defenses out are valuable, especially ones like Monk who have the ability to attack closeouts. Still, he may be best in a 6th man role – a la Eric Gordon, a similar player – which makes a top 10 pick somewhat hard to swallow for some teams.

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