Vanderbilt_Grad wrote:It just reminds me of the worst of MKG. People keep trying to find reasons to hope with him, and he's done even less to deserve it on the court or off.
My high opinion of Monk has changed little since he was drafted. The first year under Clifford was a waste. The second year Monk started getting the hang of NBA ball. Last year, we started to see a breakout, which the drug suspension interrupted, followed by the suspension of the entire season. Given increased minutes, his numbers improved across the board, with the exception of three-point shooting, which should be his bread-and-butter.
I stated that he needs to raise the arch of his three-point shot, because from simple geometry, given a higher angle of entry, your ball has a better chance of going in the hoop, plus it has a better chance of bouncing up and in. On top of that, Monk needs to make better shot selection, which I think was improved last season. He also needs to keep improving his defense, which has been a weakness from the start. As Rich points out, Monk has the speed to become a decent defensive player.