Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk has been a disappointment this season. Selected 11th overall in last year’s NBA Draft, Monk was expected then to give the Hornets’ offense a shot in the arm, but so far he has been averaging just 5.7 points per game. The frustration could be high on Monk, but on Tuesday night, we learned that his vertical leap is much higher.
WATCH THIS. RIGHT N😱W.
MALIK MONK HAS NO CONSCIENCE 🔥 #BuzzCity @HornetsOnFSSE https://t.co/U5wYTGasYK
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) April 4, 2018
Late in the fourth quarter of the game against the Chicago Bulls in Windy City, Monk received a pass from Kemba Walker and wisely drove to the hoop instead of settling with a lazy catch-and-shoot jumper. On his way to the basket, Monk was met by Bulls forward David Nwaba, who probably regret doing so, as he was just turned into a screensaver by Monk with a mesmerizing double-clutch flush. Nwaba simply had no chance winning that midair matchup with Monk.
Monk would finish the game with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor in 24 minutes of a 120-114 loss. That’s the kind of performance the Hornets hope they could get on a regular basis from Monk, who is shooting just 33.9 percent from the field this season.
Malik Monk was drafted ahead of Donovan Mitchell, one of the top contenders for the Rookie of the Year award, so there has been pressure all season long for Monk to deliver knowing how well Mitchell is doing in Salt Lake City. Next season, however, he needs to step it up before those bust labels start appearing alongside his name in Google searches.