Charlotte Hornets: Has Malik Monk been unleashed?

Charlotte Hornets Malik Monk. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Malik Monk. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

After a cold first half of the season, Malik Monk has been giving the Charlotte Hornets some good minutes as of late.

The Charlotte Hornets have gotten a lot of production from Malik Monk lately. Monk will head into the All-Star break hot, almost making fans forget about his cold start to the season.

So far this season, Monk has averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He has come off the bench in 52 games this season and still has not started in a single NBA game.

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Monk is coming off a game where he finished 25 points and four rebounds for the Hornets. He even played one defensive possession and blocked two different players within three seconds.

This game was not the only impressive one, as Monk has been playing consistently for a while now. In his last ten games, Monk has averaged 17.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Monk’s shooting percentage has been good too; in the ten aforementioned games, Monk shot 48% from the floor. Monk has also been shooting 38% from three in his previous ten games; he’s shot 28% from deep on the season.

The most impressive stat that Monk has is his shooting percentage on two-point shots. So far this season, he has shot 55% on two-point shots; this is a new career-high. Monk shot 46% on two-point shots last season.

Monk has improved every season with his shooting, but he’s only struggled on his threes this season. Could his three-point percentage be because of inconsistent minutes from the beginning of the season?

Since being drafted, Monk has grown up right in front of fans. Monk recently admitted to the press that he was not ready for the NBA when he was drafted. Since being drafted, Monk has become a better listener and found his place.

Monk has turned up his game at the best point of the season. With one more half of the season to go, he should finish his third season with new career highs across the board.

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After not being traded at the deadline, Monk is proving to the Hornets that they made the right decision to keep him. Here’s to hoping Monk finishes the rest of this season strong.