Malik Monk

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Malik Monk
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Monk with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022
Sacramento Kings
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born (1998-02-04) February 4, 1998 (age 24)
Lepanto, Arkansas, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeKentucky (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2017–present
Career history
20172021Charlotte Hornets
2017Greensboro Swarm
2021–2022Los Angeles Lakers
2022-presentSacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Malik Ahmad Monk (born February 4, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

High school career

Monk attended East Poinsett County High School in Lepanto, Arkansas for his freshman year. As a freshman, he averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assist per game while leading them to a (25-8) overall record and an appearance in the Class 2A state championship game. After his freshman season, Monk transferred to Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas.[1] In his junior year, he averaged 26.6 points per game. In the spring and summer of 2015, Monk competed for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, Arkansas Wings Elite, on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Circuit (EYBL) where he averaged 19.7 points per game.[2] He then competed on the 2015 Nike Global Challenge for the East team, where he averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, and four assist in addition to earning Tournament MVP honors.[3] On November 18, 2015 Monk committed to Kentucky, choosing UK over Arkansas.[4][5] As a senior, he averaged 28.6 points per game, 4.4 assist per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. In 2016, Monk played in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic where he earned Co-MVP honors alongside Kentucky teammate De'Aaron Fox.[6][7]

On March 11, 2016, Monk played his final high school game, scoring 19 points in a 59–49 loss in the 7A state championship to Cabot High School.

Monk was a consensus five-star prospect and ranked as one of the best players in the 2016 class by the four main recruiting services: Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 247 Sports.[8] Monk was ranked as the No.9 overall player and No.1 shooting guard in the 2016 high school class.[9]

Recruiting

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Malik Monk
SG
Lepanto, Arkansas Bentonville 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 9  ESPN: 9
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Kentucky 2016 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "2016 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.

College career

Monk in Kentucky's 2016 Blue-White scrimmage

On November 18, 2015, Monk tweeted that he would be attending the University of Kentucky.[10]

On December 17, 2016, Monk set a University of Kentucky freshman scoring record with 47 points in a win over the University of North Carolina.[11] Twelve days later, he scored 34 points on five-for-seven three point shooting in a 99–76 win over Ole Miss.[12] On January 21, 2017, Monk scored 27 points in a 85–69 win over South Carolina.[13] On January 31, 2017, he scored 37 points against Georgia Bulldogs.[14] On February 25, 2017, Monk tallied 33 points in a 76–66 victory over Florida.[15] On February 28, 2017, Monk scored 27 points in a 73–67 win over Vanderbilt.[16] At the end of his freshman season, Monk was named SEC Player and Freshman of the Year, while also being named to both First-team All-SEC and the SEC All-Freshman team.[17]

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Monk announced that he would forgo his final three years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NBA draft where he was projected as a first round selection.[18]

Professional career

Charlotte Hornets (2017–2021)

On June 22, 2017, Monk was selected with the eleventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.[19] On July 2, 2017, Monk signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets worth $15,726,047.[20] Monk would miss the entire 2017 NBA Summer League due to an ankle injury. In his fourth game on October 25, 2017, Monk recorded 17 points, two steals, and two assists in a 110–93 victory against the Denver Nuggets. On November 1, 2017, with Kentucky coach John Calipari on hand,[21] Monk scored 25 points in a 126–121 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.[22]

During his rookie season, Monk was assigned to the Hornets’ NBA G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, for one game. He scored 25 points, collected eight rebounds and recorded four assists in a December 26, 2017 game.[23] On February 26, 2020, Monk was suspended indefinitely for violating the NBA's substance use policy.[24] Before the suspension, Monk was averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He was reinstated on June 8, after it was determined he was in compliance with the anti-drug program.[25] On February 1, 2021, Monk scored a then career-high 36 points in a 129–121 overtime win over the Heat.[26]

Los Angeles Lakers (2021–2022)

On August 6, 2021, Monk signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on a trade exception salary deal.[27] On April 10, 2022, Monk put up a career-high 41 points in a 146–141 win over the Denver Nuggets.[28]

Sacramento Kings (2022-present)

On June 30, 2022, Monk reportedly agreed to a two-year, $19 million contact with the Sacramento Kings.[29]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Charlotte 63 0 13.6 .360 .342 .842 1.0 1.4 .3 .1 6.7
2018–19 Charlotte 73 0 17.2 .387 .330 .882 1.9 1.6 .5 .3 8.9
2019–20 Charlotte 55 1 21.3 .434 .284 .820 2.9 2.1 .5 .3 10.3
2020–21 Charlotte 42 0 20.9 .434 .401 .819 2.4 2.1 .5 .1 11.7
2021–22 L.A. Lakers 76 37 28.1 .473 .391 .795 3.4 2.9 .8 .4 13.8
Career 309 38 20.4 .424 .355 .827 2.3 2.0 .5 .2 10.3

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Kentucky 38 37 32.1 .450 .397 .822 2.5 2.3 .9 .5 19.8

Personal life

Monk was born to Jackie Monk and Michael Scales and is the younger brother of former Arkansas All-SEC wide receiver Marcus Monk.[30][31]

References

  1. ^ "Razorback recruiting target Malik Monk moving to Bentonville". www.fayettevilleflyer.com. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Nike EYBL Peach Jam: Malik Monk knows he's No.1, whether you believe it or not". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Malik Monk wins MVP award at Nike Global Challenge". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Malik Monk spurns home-state team Arkansas, Commits to Kentucky". www.si.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "No.5 recruit Malik Monk commits to Kentucky". www.espn.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Future Kentucky guards De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk share MVP at Jordan Brand Classic". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "McDonald's All-American roster feature four Kentucky Wildcats". www.espn.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Kentucky Men's Basketball Signs Six in Fall Signing Period". University of Kentucky. November 19, 2015. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Malik Monk – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profiles". www.espn.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Borzello, Jeff (November 18, 2015). "No. 5 recruit Malik Monk commits to Kentucky". ESPN. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Malik Monk caps record-setting night with game-winning 3-pointer".
  12. ^ "Kentucky beats Ole Miss on Monk's 34 points". ESPN.com. December 28, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  13. ^ "No.5 Kentucky tops No.24 South Carolina 85–69 for SEC lead". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Georgia vs. Kentucky - Box Score - January 31, 2017 - ESPN".
  15. ^ "No.11 Kentucky rallies past No.13 Florida 76–66". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "No.9 Kentucky rallies past Vanderbilt 73–67". www.ESPN.com. February 28, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "2017 SEC Men's Basketball Awards Announced". secsports.com. Southeastern Conference. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  18. ^ Jeff Borzello (April 4, 2017). "Malik Monk declares for NBA draft". espn.com. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Malik Monk slips to Hornets at No.11 Overall in 2017 NBA Draft". www.bleacherreport.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "Charlotte Hornets sign Malik Monk". www.nba.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  21. ^ https://www.ajc.com/sports/college/kentucky-nba-roundup-john-calipari-hand-watch-former-players-charlotte/T382ZR28ng1hOxLgNivpKK/
  22. ^ "Walker, Monk lead Hornets past Bucks 126–121". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  23. ^ "Hornets Recall Malik Monk From Greensboro Swarm". NBA.com. December 27, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "Hornets guard Malik Monk suspended for violating Anti-Drug Program". NBA.com.
  25. ^ "Hornets' Malik Monk reinstated from suspension for violating anti-drug program". ESPN. June 8, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  26. ^ "Monk runs wild, scores 36 as Hornets top Heat 129–121 in OT". ESPN.com. February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  27. ^ "Lakers Sign Malik Monk". NBA.com. August 6, 2021. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  28. ^ "Reaves, Monk lead Lakers past Nuggets 146-141 in OT". USA Today. Associated Press. April 10, 2022. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  29. ^ https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10034859-lakers-fa-malik-monk-kings-agree-to-2-year-contract-worth-approximately-20m
  30. ^ Shupe, Andy (November 20, 2015). "Does Marcus Monk owe Arkansas anything?". WholeHogSports. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  31. ^ "Malik Monk Kentucky bio". www.ukathletics.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.

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