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We Want the Monk: The Malik Monk Thread

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Re: We Want the Monk: The Malik Monk Thread 

Post#1481 » by Rich4114 » Wed Aug 5, 2020 12:55 am

Vanderbilt_Grad wrote:I will honestly never understand why Monk has so many fans here.

I will also be shocked if Bacon is back.


He has electric athletic ability for his size, is quick, handles the ball well, has range, can finish, can create, has not had the best opportunity starting his career and is still one of the youngest guys on the team. There’s loads of potential there as well. Those are likely your reasons.
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Re: We Want the Monk: The Malik Monk Thread 

Post#1482 » by Vanderbilt_Grad » Wed Aug 5, 2020 2:15 am

Rich4114 wrote:
Vanderbilt_Grad wrote:I will honestly never understand why Monk has so many fans here.

I will also be shocked if Bacon is back.


He has electric athletic ability for his size, is quick, handles the ball well, has range, can finish, can create, has not had the best opportunity starting his career and is still one of the youngest guys on the team. There’s loads of potential there as well. Those are likely your reasons.

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.
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Re: We Want the Monk: The Malik Monk Thread 

Post#1483 » by Rich4114 » Wed Aug 5, 2020 9:46 pm

Vanderbilt_Grad wrote:
Rich4114 wrote:
Vanderbilt_Grad wrote:I will honestly never understand why Monk has so many fans here.

I will also be shocked if Bacon is back.


He has electric athletic ability for his size, is quick, handles the ball well, has range, can finish, can create, has not had the best opportunity starting his career and is still one of the youngest guys on the team. There’s loads of potential there as well. Those are likely your reasons.

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.


I hear you on that. But I’d say with MKG, he never had any special abilities just that he was a hard worker and defensive focused guy. He didn’t have any special finishing ability, had a broken jumper, couldn’t create, etc. Monk has those tools and has shown improvement. He’s a much more exciting prospect at this stage than MKG was at this stage. Slam compared him to Felton in that regards, I’d say that’s closer but he still stands out on his own to me. I’m willing to bet if Mitchell went ahead of him and we were never rumored to take him, the Monk fan opinion would be much different.

That said, if he can’t pick up where he left off and shows any kind of regression I think the long term outlook is exactly what we’ve mostly seen from him the last two years.
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Re: We Want the Monk: The Malik Monk Thread 

Post#1484 » by euphorbus » Thu Aug 6, 2020 11:04 am

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.

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