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Malik Monk
American basketball player

Malik Monk

Malik Monk
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American basketball player
Is Athlete Basketball player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 February 1998, Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas, USA
Age 24 years
Star sign Aquarius
Siblings: Marcus Monk
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 200 lbs
Bentonville High School
University of Kentucky (2016-)
University of Kentucky
Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year 2017
Sports Teams
Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Charlotte Hornets
Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
The details (from wikipedia)


Malik Ahmad Monk (born February 4, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Monk was selected 11th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, where he spent four seasons before joining the Lakers as a free agent in August 2021.

High school career

Monk dunking the basketball at the 2016 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

Monk attended East Poinsett County High School in Lepanto, Arkansas for his freshman year. As a freshman, he averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assist per game while leading them to a (25-8) overall record and an appearance in the Class 2A state championship game. After his freshman season, Monk transferred to Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas. In his junior year, he averaged 26.6 points per game. In the spring and summer of 2015, Monk competed for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, Arkansas Wings Elite, on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Circuit (EYBL) where he averaged 19.7 points per game. He then competed on the 2015 Nike Global Challenge for the East team, where he averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, and four assist in addition to earning Tournament MVP honors. On November 18, 2015 Monk committed to Kentucky, choosing UK over Arkansas. As a senior, he averaged 28.6 points per game, 4.4 assist per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. In 2016, Monk played in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic where he earned Co-MVP honors alongside Kentucky teammate De'Aaron Fox.

On March 11, 2016, Monk played his final high school game, scoring 19 points in a 59–49 loss in the 7A state championship to Cabot High School.

Monk was a consensus five-star prospect and ranked as one of the best players in the 2016 class by the four main recruiting services: Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 247 Sports. Monk was ranked as the No.9 overall player and No.1 shooting guard in the 2016 high school class.


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Malik Monk
Lepanto, Arkansas Bentonville 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 18, 2015 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 9  ESPN: 9
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career

Monk in Kentucky's 2016 Blue-White scrimmage

On November 18, 2015, Monk tweeted that he would be attending the University of Kentucky.

On December 17, 2016, Monk set a University of Kentucky freshman scoring record with 47 points in a win over the University of North Carolina. Twelve days later, he scored 34 points on five-for-seven three point shooting in a 99–76 win over Ole Miss. On January 21, 2017, Monk scored 27 points in a 85–69 win over South Carolina. On January 31, 2017, he scored 37 points against Georgia Bulldogs. On February 25, 2017, Monk tallied 33 points in a 76–66 victory over Florida. On February 28, 2017, Monk scored 27 points in a 73–67 win over Vanderbilt. At the end of his freshman season, Monk was named SEC Player and Freshman of the Year, while also being named to both First-team All-SEC and the SEC All-Freshman team.

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Monk announced that he would forgo his final three years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NBA draft where he was projected as a first round selection.

Professional career

Charlotte Hornets (2017–2021)

On June 22, 2017, Monk was selected with the eleventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. On July 2, 2017, Monk signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets worth $15,726,047. Monk would miss the entire 2017 NBA Summer League due to an ankle injury. In his fourth game on October 25, 2017, Monk recorded 17 points, 2 steals, and 2 assist in a 110–93 victory against the Denver Nuggets. On November 1, 2017, with Kentucky coach John Calipari on hand, Monk scored 25 points in a 126–121 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. During his rookie season, Monk was assigned to the Hornets’ NBA G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, for one game. He scored 25 points, collected eight rebounds and recorded four assists in a December 26, 2017 game.

On February 26, 2020, Monk was suspended indefinitely for violating the NBA's substance use policy. Before the suspension, Monk was averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He was reinstated on June 8, after it was determined he was in compliance with the anti-drug program.

On February 1, 2021, Monk scored a career high 36 points in a 129–121 overtime win over the Heat.

Los Angeles Lakers (2021–present)

On August 6, 2021, Monk signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on a trade exception salary deal.

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season

2017–18 Charlotte 63 0 13.6 .360 .342 .842 1.0 1.4 .3 .1 6.7
2018–19 Charlotte 73 0 17.2 .387 .330 .882 1.9 1.6 .5 .3 8.9
2019–20 Charlotte 55 1 21.3 .434 .284 .820 2.9 2.1 .5 .3 10.3
2020–21 Charlotte 42 0 20.9 .434 .401 .819 2.4 2.1 .5 .1 11.7
Career 233 1 17.8 .403 .339 .843 2.0 1.8 .4 .2 9.1


2016–17 Kentucky 38 37 32.1 .450 .397 .822 2.5 2.3 .9 .5 19.8

Personal life

Monk was born to Jackie Monk and Michael Scales and is the younger brother of former Arkansas All-SEC wide receiver Marcus Monk.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 07 Mar 2022. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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