6-4 – Shooting Guard – Kentucky
Malik Monk is an elite scorer who can get buckets from anywhere on the court and can get really hot from 3 point land. He’s a bit undersized for the 2 position and it remains to be seen whether or not he can transition into more of a play-maker. He’s a great fit for Philly but would be a reach at #3.
Monk is a high level prospect with huge hops and awesome athletic ability. He’s exceptionally quick in the open court and has a quick first step with the ball. He can really get off the floor and has exceptional bounce and body control. He plays above the rim and continues to get better, bigger and more ferocious with his dunks.
In his one year at Kentucky he proved to be a deadly three point shooter with big-shot ability. His form and release are exceptional and he might be the most pure three point shooter in this draft. He gets great elevation on his jumper and is really good at creating space, especially with a deep step-back move.
His transition game is one of his strengths thanks to his speed and elite scoring ability. He has a knack for sneaking out and getting into transition – and he benefited from Kentucky’s style of pushing the ball. Monk can also make plays with the ball in his hands and should grow into a 1-2 combo as his game develops.
Monk is a clutch player who doesn’t shy away from the big moments. He plays with confidence without being cocky.
Could be a #1 option on offense at the next level and has star potential.
Needs to develop as a floor general and learn to be a better coach on the floor. Can force his shot instead of making the simple pass and will have to play with better discipline.
Like most young players needs to continue to develop strength, consistency and intensity.
Doesn’t have ideal size for the SG position (although he’s got length and plenty of hops).
Projection: Top 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft