How High Can Kentucky’s Malik Monk Fly Up 2017 NBA Draft Boards?

October 26th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Athleticism and offense propelled Malik Monk up recruiting ranks straight toward the spotlight at Kentucky. Will they help him soar up 2017 NBA draft boards? 

Production and eye-test results won't be issues for one of the most talented freshmen in the country. He'll put up numbers and turn heads with superhero-like leaping ability.

Monk is expected to replace Jamal Murray at off-guard and emerge as the Wildcats' No. 1 option. Head coach John Calipari believes he will "probably take the most shots on the team," according to KSTV.

But he'll have questions to answer about his eventual transition to the pros, with the first concerning questionable physical tools for his projected NBA position (shooting guard).

Based on his skill set, Monk's NBA calling card will be scoring. But since 2000, the only non-point guards 6'3" or shorter to average 15 points in a season were Ben Gordon, Monta Ellis, Lou Williams, Avery Bradley and Leandro Barbosa, per Can Monk efficiently score against 2-guards who'll be bigger and longer?

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