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Hornets news: Nicolas Batum says Malik Monk reminds him of C.J. McCollum

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Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum sees a bit of Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum in Hornets rookie Malik Monk’s game, per the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell.

“I got C.J. as a young guy,” Batum said of McCollum, who was the 10th overall pick in 2013 (Monk went 11th to the Hornets in June). “A two-guard who really can score, and kind of crafty, too.”

Batum, who was teammates with McCollum for two seasons with the Trail Blazers, came up with a good comparison for Monk. Apart from the fact that both were drafted in the same range and can score in bunches, both also don’t provide much beyond their scoring.

While Monk has not yet played in an actual NBA game, he showed in college that, like McCollum, he’s a subpar defender and rebounder, and he doesn’t make as many plays for his teammates as he probably should.

Like McCollum, Monk also won’t get the chance to start right away as a rookie with Batum and Kemba Walker entrenched as the Hornets’ starting backcourt pair.

But Batum and the Hornets will probably be hoping that unlike McCollum, who broke his foot in his rookie year and didn’t break out until his third year, Monk will be healthy and more productive in his first year in the league.