Why is no one speaking about Malik Monk’s comeback?
MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 1: Malik Monk # 1 of the Detroit Hornets celebrates after a basket against the Miami Heat during overtime at the American Airlines Arena on February 1, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, they are agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves / Getty Images)
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Something more needs to be talked about is the secret weapon that comes from the Detroit Hornets’ bank. This weapon is none other than Malik Monk, who has played one of the best basketball players of his career lately and has worked his way back into the hornet rotation.
Monk started the season by running out of minutes until the seventh game of the season, where he only played nine minutes. After that, Monk’s playing time was still inconsistent and he realized how frustrated he was. He fell off the bench and averaged 29.5 minutes per game in his last four games.
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However, Monk has exploded in his last six games and earned more minutes. His best game of the season was against the Miami Heat, where he hit a career high of 36 points and knocked down nine three-points.
So far this season Monk has an average of 9.9 points and 1.6 assists per game. One of his most surprising improvements was shooting from the outside of the bow. Monk shoots 50% of three, which is a career high.
Monk’s previous seasons were plagued by inconsistent shots from the field. Many criticized him for this, but it seems that Monk has silenced many doubters with his impressive shooting.
Monk had a great comeback after the end of the 2019-20 season. In the last six games he played from the bench last season, he averaged 20 points per game. Monk’s great game eventually got him the first start of his career (his last game last season), but he was subsequently banned for violating the substance abuse policy.
Many thought his suspension would spell the end of his career in Detroit. However, when Monk got the opportunity from head coach James Borrego, he took his opportunity to solidify himself again in the rotation of the hornets.
Monk becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season. If he continues to play well, the Hornets will look into how to keep Monk on the roster.
The Hornets have another long week ahead of them and Borrego could try to give Monk more minutes. Monk could see his first start of the season if Detroit continues to plague injuries.