July 29, 2020, 9:29 amMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
James Borrego is keeping an eye on Malik Monk this offseason and he already likes what he sees from his scoring guard who was on a terrific stretch just before his suspension.
In late February, Monk was suspended indefinitely under the NBA’s anti-drug policy, while Mitch Kupchak said on June 8th that the charismatic guard was reinstated during the NBA hiatus. Borrego and his staff are trying to run an off-season program within the pandemic-related restrictions the NBA currently has. Right now, up to two coaches can work with one player at a time, while players aren’t allowed to scrimmage with each other in team facilities. The Hornets are still high on Monk and it remains to be seen whether he takes the next step in his game becoming the scoring two-guard that the team desperately needs.
Source: Charlotte Observer
July 7, 2020, 9:49 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Despite the departure of Kemba Walker, Malik Monk remained mostly unimpressive in 2019-20 with averages of 10.3 PPG, 1.1 3PG, 2.9 RPG and 2.1 APG to finish ranked 257/277 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
Monk logged 55 games for the Hornets this season but could not hold any real momentum, except in February where he was able to string together an eight-game streak of double-digit scoring. His strong run came to a screeching halt when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program. Monk was eventually reinstated during the hiatus brought about by the coronavirus.
June 8, 2020, 12:24 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk, who was suspended indefinitely for violating the NBA's anti-drug program back in February, was reinstated during the hiatus.
The suspension makes this another tough season in Monk's rocky career despite his on-court play hitting its highest level yet. Finishing the year with averages of 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 threes and a 43.4% mark from the field, Monk had moments of standard-league viability, but ultimately without consistency and an increase in 3-pointers — the alleged sharpshooter hit just 28.4% from distance — it's hard to see Monk make serious waves in fantasy hoops.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 2:28 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program.
Monk's suspension will last until he is deemed to be in "full compliance." Monk had been on a nice run in February, but this news certainly clouds his status going forward. His absence could provide an opportunity for Cody Martin to step up.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 5:51 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Coach James Borrego said that Devonte' Graham will be active but is unlikely to play against the Pacers on Tuesday.
Borrego mentioned a career-high in minutes played as to why Graham isn't expected to play tonight despite being active. Fantasy owners will have to hope for the best, while DFS players should look for safer options. Malik Monk has already been named the starter in place of Graham.
Source: Tony East on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 5:44 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk will start in place of Devonte' Graham, who will be active, in Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
Coach James Borrego said that while Graham will be active, he may be held out of the lineup altogether. Monk has been on a roll lately and will have the chance to keep it going with more minutes and responsibility in this one.
Source: Tony East on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 9:40 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk hit 5-of-15 shots from the field en route to his 15 points off the bench on Saturday, adding three triples, four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.
Monk's poor shooting tonight aside, he did manage to crack the double-digit scoring mark again while also making a significant contribution in the 3s made category. He should be worth an end-of-bench slot in standard leagues moving forward.
February 20, 2020, 11:22 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk came out of the break strong with another 25-point outing to add onto six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.
Monk was a catalyst in another Hornets' road victory. Again, he is worth holding onto while he's scoring like this and the shot is falling. When the shot struggles, he doesn't offer much else and should be jettisoned back to waiver wires in standard leagues.
February 12, 2020, 11:40 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk came off the bench on Wednesday and dropped 25 points with four rebounds, three assists, a steal, two blocks and three triples.
Monk was awesome tonight and led the bench squad in a comeback win against the Wolves on the road. He accumulated stats across the board and had a hot streak before this game so you can ride him while he's hot, but he's not known to be a defensive stalwart so don't expect those numbers to be a regular occurrence. The triples and points are reliable for now though.
February 12, 2020, 6:40 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier will not play in Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves as he deals with soreness in his left knee.
Rozier's injury popped up very close to tip-off. With the news, Devonte' Graham will be asked to do a lot more on offense while Malik Monk could see additional opportunity off the bench. Monk should be looked at in DFS and could be streamed in standard leagues. The Hornets are likely giving Rozier the night off so that he can be even more refreshed after the All-Star break. Expect Rozier back for their next game on Thursday vs. the Bulls barring any setback.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 10, 2020, 10:07 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk was excellent off the Hornets' bench on Monday as he posted 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting, adding three rebounds, one assist, two 3s and three steals.
Monk has scored in double figures in five straight games now and is coming off back-to-back games where he's scored 19 points. He's settled into a sixth-man role and is worth picking up in 14-team leagues or deeper.
February 8, 2020, 9:34 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk came off the bench on Saturday and scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting with three triples in 28 minutes.
Monk has scored 19 points in back-to-back games but is too inconsistent to trust. He is outside the top-250 on the season and would need to string a few more good games together to earn consideration in standard leagues.
February 4, 2020, 10:49 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges had a strong performance in a loss to the Rockets on Monday, putting up his fourth double-double of the season with 20 points (8-of-17 shooting), 15 rebounds, a steal, a block and a three in 39 minutes.
Bridges is hot right now, and the Hornets have increased his role. He's unlikely to keep up his recent top-50 run, but if he continues to play around 35 minutes for the rest of the season, Bridges is a safe bet to set up shop well inside the top-100. On the other hand, a player who's as inconsistent as it gets in Malik Monk had a nice game with 19 points, six rebounds, one block and two triples in 31 minutes off the bench.
February 3, 2020, 9:55 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk had a decent outing off the bench on Monday, scoring 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Monk has been playing above par lately and his name is swirling around trade rumors. He's not much more than a points league or 3-point specialist streamer as the inconsistent play is going to be hard to hang onto.
February 3, 2020, 12:58 amMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
The Knicks are seeking a guard at the trade deadline and view Malik Monk as a potential target, per Ian Begley of SNY.
Monk recently recently expressed surprise at his inclusion in trade rumors, but this is now a few outlets mentioning interest from New York. He's having the best season of his three-year career, though that's a low bar to clear and he's shooting a dreadful .258 from the 3-point line. A change of scenery might do him some good but the Hornets probably won't just be moving him for the sake of moving him considering their own development curve.