Charlotte Hornets: Malik Monk has high expectations for next season

Charlotte Hornets Malik Monk. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Malik Monk. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /

With the departure of two key players during the offseason, one player on the Charlotte Hornets has high expectations heading into the 2019-20 season.

With the departure of Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb, one Charlotte Hornets player has huge expectations for next season. He has not started a single game in the NBA, but Malik Monk is not letting that kill his confidence.

WIth the 11th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Hornets selected a player who had never been put in the situation that he is in today. Monk is entering his third NBA season, and he has not started in a single game yet.

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During an interview two weeks ago, Monk told Sam Perley of that he’s never not played before. Monk also stated that he’s always been the best guy on the court and that he’s never not gotten fifteen, twenty shots.

Monk continued to point out that he’s been getting five minutes or less. He also said that you just have to wait your turn, wait for your opportunity and that he’s got a big opportunity this year.

Since Walker and Lamb left the team, Monk has a higher chance for playtime entering the 2019-20 season. Monk has played in 136 games for the Hornets, and not one of them was one where he started.

While entering the 2019-20 season, Monk is currently battling Nicolas Batum for the starting shooting guard position. Fans would have gotten to see how Monk has progressed this offseason, but he declined to play in Summer League.

Since being drafted by Charlotte, Monk has averaged 7.9 points and 1.5 assists per game. Last season was easily his best season since he averaged 8.9 points per game, while also knocking down seven three-pointers in one game.

Based on his shooting statistics, Monk is the best three-point shooter on the team (He has made 192 three-pointers). This new title is his now since Kemba Walker is no longer with the team; Walker is the team’s all-time best three-pointer shooter.

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Monk’s expectations should motivate him heading into next season. If Coach James Borrego is looking to start a young lineup, then Monk would easily get the starting job over Batum. Fans should expect a clear answer on Monk’s role after training camp.