Hornets want to see Malik Monk play both guard spots
After missing out on the playoffs last season, the Charlotte Hornets have made some moves this summer that improved their roster, and will make them compete better next year. The addition of Dwight Howard addressed their need for a proven center, and selecting Malik Monk during the draft will give them more depth with their guard rotation.
The 19-year-old is coming off a very successful year in the NCAA, where he impressed a lot of scouts with his individual play. However, he mostly played shooting guard at Kentucky, but he admitted, via David T. Foster III of the Charlotte Observer, that the Hornets coaching staff wants him to play both guard spots. He then said he is up for the challenge, as he believes he can be good at both of them.
“I think they want me to do both,” Monk said. “I think I can do it pretty good.”
Standing 6-foot-3, Monk can be considered undersized to play the two guard position in the NBA. However, his 39.7 percent shooting from the beyond the arc will make him a great fit for the post. He also has a 45.0 percent efficiency from the field, which is relatively high for a guard.
If he can have the same numbers once the regular season starts, he could turn out to be a successful hybrid guard despite being shorter than the average height of the league. It has been done in the past by some legends like Allen Iverson and Steve Francis, and he could pattern his game after them to help him give the Hornets what they expect from him.