Hornets Notes: Monk, Staff, Bacon, Parker

After undertaking a limited and somewhat disappointing role last season as a rookie, second-year guard Malik Monk has been told by the Hornets’ new coaching staff that he needs to make quicker, more decisive choices with the ball in order to maximize his talent and athleticism, writes Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer.

Monk, 20, was selected 11th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft before suffering an ankle sprain that cost him summer league work before his first NBA training camp. Due in part to that lack of experience, Monk was in and out of the Hornets’ rotation all season long, finishing with an average of 6.7 points per game on 36 percent shooting from the field.

But despite whatever troubles he may have experienced during his rookie season, Monk will have plenty of opportunity to step into a bigger role this season, per head coach James Borrego.

“Malik Monk is a major player for us next (season)… I knew he was a shooter but being up close to him is impressive. This guy has a chance to be an elite shooter, a very consistent shooter. Someone we can play through for different stretches of a game.”

As for how Monk feels about Borrego and the new coaching staff, the good feelings seem to be mutual, with Monk saying, “I love them. They’re opening up the court for me and giving me a chance. That’s what I’ve been looking for.”

There’s more out of Charlotte this evening:

  • Speaking of the new coaching staff, the Hornets have officially hired Jay Triano, Chad Iske, Jay Hernandez, Ronald Nored, and Dutch Gaitley as assistant coaches under Borrego, per an official press release from the team.
  • Another young player the Hornets believe in is second-year player Dwayne Bacon, Bonnell notes in another piece. The new staff believes that Bacon, the 40th overall selection in last year’s draft, is both talented offensively and versatile defensively and that he will benefit from an increased pace of play.
  • As we relayed yesterday, the Hornets may be in the market for another guard to play alongside Monk and All-Star Kemba Walker, with free agent guard Tony Parker no longer necessarily a lock to return to San Antonio.
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5 thoughts on “Hornets Notes: Monk, Staff, Bacon, Parker

  1. oriolesravenstimberwolves04

    Where are you Dionis??????????
    It’s Malik Monk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Future Hall of Famer!!!

    • andremets

      Imagine if the knicks took Monk. Ouch. Dodged a bullet. Thinking of Monk makes me thrilled to have Nkicitina.

      • GabeOfThrones

        Tough to judge two teenage rookies that didn’t play a ton on bad teams after 1 year. Both have a ton of potential, and new coaches to try and unlock it. As a Knicks fan, I’d love to have them both.

  2. I am not a fan of either team, but of course would prefer Monk any day of the week & twice on Sundays before Ntilikina

    • x%sure

      Add Bacon to that, and you’re still way short of a full 1.000 on 3pt shooting.

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