Charlotte Hornets: Analyzing Malik Monk’s potential All-Star quality offense

Charlotte Hornets Malik Monk. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Charlotte Hornets, Malik Monk
Charlotte Hornets Malik Monk. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

All about that pace

If Borrego is too deeply entrenched in his vision of Malik Monk as an SG, and unwilling to give Monk proper minutes running the point, a simple way to increase Malik’s usage AND increase the team’s overall pace would be to let Malik initiate fastbreaks every time he grabs a defensive rebound.

Monk is almost a complete transition player; he is so hard to stop with momentum(which is part of the reason pin downs are used frequently for Malik in half-court sets) so whenever he pushes the pace good things happen; but Monk is also great at attacking half-set defenses in semi-transition, creating for others and leaking out himself.

Overall, Malik is growing offensively. He’s strangely surrendered the pull-up jumpers that made him a can’t miss prospect, whilst improving his finishing and poise by leaps and bounds.

This offseason, the clear objective for Malik Monk offensively, is to finally improve his jumper; Monk with an improved jumper can certainly surpass the Monk that finished the 2019/2020 season averaging 17 points per game.

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But because of his rare deceleration ability and his efficacy at the basket, there may be untapped potential in Malik Monk as a primary ballhandler, as a point guard, which could help him reach the all-star team.