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April 11, 2019, 2:37 amMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover on 1-of-4 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.
Monk is in a crowded sea of wing players in Charlotte and has yet to break out after being the 11th-pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Monk has yet to make his first career start but he did manage to raise his field goal percentage this season which led to his shot attempts and minutes rising as well. He managed to finish inside the top-300 in 8/9-cat leagues and has a ton of room for improvement. He's not a guy you'll want to draft next season but don't be surprised if he takes another leap.
April 5, 2019, 9:35 pmMichael Kidd-Gilchrist - F - Charlotte Hornets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10 points in his second straight start, adding two 3s, three assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes in Friday’s win over the Raptors.
MKG has top-170 value in 9-cat over his last four game but is hard to trust considering his fantasy-unfriendly game and past returns. Malik Monk chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and a block in the win.
March 21, 2019, 9:51 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk logged 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday and scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shoting while adding four rebounds and four 3-pointers.
Monk entered the rotation on Thursday and played much better than Jeremy Lamb (28 minutes, 13 points on 6-of-20 shooting with 10 rebounds and an assist) but we've seen this occurrence before. Unless you're desperate for triples, Monk isn't an add in standard leagues.
March 11, 2019, 10:26 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk played 26 minutes on Monday vs. the Rockets, but he made just three of his 12 field goal attempts.
He threw in five rebounds, an assist, a steal and two threes tonight, as well. At least Monk got some run after playing just three minutes over the past five games. The Hornets were short-handed, so he's unlikely to play this much again for a while.
March 10, 2019, 12:11 amMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk logged three minutes on Saturday against the Bucks.
Monk was among the candidates to step up after James Borrego hinted at some changes to the rotation, but he's been playing behind Dwayne Bacon (20 points tonight) and Devonte' Graham (17 minutes), who was the backup point guard with Tony Parker out. If you're still holding onto Monk in a redraft league of any depth, you deserve some kind of reward.
March 7, 2019, 3:18 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Speaking to reporters on Thursday coach James Borrego said he is contemplating making additional changes to the rotation.
After Frank Kaminsky recently returned to the rotation and has provided a huge spark off the bench, coach Borrego looks like he might dip his feet back in the well. Malik Monk makes the most sense as he has been buried on the depth chart lately, while Willy Hernangomez and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could also see more opportunities in the future. This is a situation to monitor with potential fantasy value, as Kaminsky can attest to.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
March 1, 2019, 10:57 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk registered a DNP-CD in Friday's win against the Nets.
Monk hasn't logged double-digit minutes since February 22nd, and can be left on the waiver wire.
February 2, 2019, 9:52 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk scored 18 points off the bench in Saturday's win over the Bulls, hitting 6-of-9 shots (1-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-5 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one block in 20 minutes.
Note the opponent but Monk has been making noise lately, and the team isn't being overly transparent about wanting to get him minutes. James Borrego said he had turned a corner a few days ago, but there's a lot of speculation here and what we know about him is that he hasn't cracked the top-200 in 18.7 mpg this season. If he succeeds in getting 22-26 mpg, it's not clear that he would be a late-round value.
February 1, 2019, 9:59 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk got hot off the bench with 20 points, four 3s and a block in 26 minutes during Friday’s win over the visiting Grizzlies.
Starter Jeremy Lamb struggled out of the gate and was benched for Monk. Lamb finished with six points on 2-of-7 shooting with no 3s and two steals in a mere 14 minutes. Over his last three, Lamb has been playing only 21.4 minutes per game which is less than the 24.6 that Monk has gotten. Lamb is too good to be a straight drop in 9-cat despite his struggles, while Monk can be looked at as a stream in 14-16 deep while he’s hot.
January 9, 2019, 4:14 amMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk scored 24 points off the bench in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers, hitting 7-of-14 shots (4-of-7 3PTs, 6-of-6 FTs) with one rebound in 21 minutes.
Monk's stat set isn't good and he's struggling to stay in a notable role. Watch this from the wire.
January 2, 2019, 7:47 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk (ankle) returned to the Hornets' bench after briefly heading to the locker room on Wednesday.
He likely had it taped up and appears good to go. The Hornets and managers who recently picked him up dodged a bullet there. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that his ankle does not swell up overnight.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
January 2, 2019, 7:42 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk limped off the court in Wednesday's tilt vs. the Mavs and headed to the locker room.
The hits just keep stinging the Hornets. If Monk is unable to return, expect Devonte' Graham to see extended run and a little bit more of Tony Parker in this game.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
December 31, 2018, 8:24 pmMalik Monk - G - Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk scored 21 points off the bench in Monday's win over the Magic, hitting 7-of-14 shots (including three treys) with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.
This line will get attention and the real story is the injury to Jeremy Lamb (hamstring), who we don't know much about at this time. Monk doesn't have a strong fantasy stat set and he's not that good at this stage in his career, so we're not high on picking him up outside of deeper leagues or points formats.
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