After three quarters during the Hornets and Bucks game last night, Malik only had a solid seven points. But then Monk quickly came in and hit a 21-foot jumper to start the fourth quarter, and was hotter than a two dollar pistol for the rest of the game. Monk finished the quarter with an outstanding eighteen points, to help lift the Hornets for the victory over the Bucks.
Malik shot the ball a total of eleven times during the fourth quarter, while connecting with seven made baskets. As well as showing off his deep ball, and making 4/6 three point field goals. Its safe to say the young man has found his rhythm in the NBA.
Monk, who is currently averaging a solid 10ppg on a solid 35% from the field. Is becoming a great and reliable bench player. But my one complaint about Monk in the NBA, is the one complaint I had about Monk at Kentucky. He simply tries to settle for jump shots too often. With his athleticism and his ability to finish around the rim, there is no reason he shouldn’t be driving the ball more often. But hopefully he can get out of rookie habits and start to get more easy baskets.
With Hornets starting shooting guard Nic Batum still expected to miss two or three weeks. It’s the perfect time for Monk to show the Hornets coaching staff that he can fit into the teams rotation once Batum returns.
I know Monk says that he thinks the NBA life is boring, but thank The Lord that his NBA playing style isn’t.