Malik Monk convinced Knicks were selecting him at 2017 NBA Draft
When the New York Knicks were on the clock at the 2017 NBA Draft, there were numerous options available with the eighth overall pick: Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., and Malik Monk. While many felt Monk would be an ideal fit, former President Phil Jackson ultimately selected Ntilikina.
As the new front office led by President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry are ‘very comfortable’ with Ntilikina, Monk was convinced the Knicks were going to select him according to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News:
Malik Monk was convinced Knicks would draft him: “Me, my agent, everybody in my agency, my family – we all thought we were going to NY.”
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) August 12, 2017
In his lone season at Kentucky, Monk averaged 19.8 points on 45 percent shooting from the field and nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc. While he would have been a nice fit alongside Kristaps Pozingis, Monk was eventually selected with the No. 11 overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
Time will tell if the Knicks made the right decision by passing on Monk. As the 2017-18 NBA season nears, all the attention remains on Carmelo Anthony’s future in New York. While it would be smart for the new front office to build around Porzingis, the Knicks are hoping the 10-time All-Star expands his list of destinations as he is reportedly only eyeing the Houston Rockets.
Despite interest from the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony is unwilling to waive his no-trade clause for those teams.