John Calipari always turns into a major promoter for his guys during NBA Draft season, and he sees an ideal fit for guard Malik Monk: the New York Knicks.
Calipari jumped on a conference call earlier this week, and discussed the potential for Monk to the Knicks, which some mock drafts have projected.
According to Adam Zagoria, writing at FanRag Sports, Calipari believes that Monk “would be one of those guys for the Knicks that fans would pay to go see.”
The sensational freshman scorer averaged 19.8 points per game for Kentucky this past year, hitting 45-percent of his shots from the floor and 39.7-percent from three.
His scoring ability is evident, but at 6-foot-3, there are questions about his ability to play shooting guard at the next level. However, some believe he may be able to transition to the point guard position. With De’Aaron Fox playing alongside him last season, Monk did not have to showcase his ball-handling or lead guard abilities much last year.
The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks believes that, in the right situation, he may be able to make that adjustment.
Put it all together, and Monk has the tools to become a much more well-rounded player in the NBA than he was at Kentucky. Even in a worst-case scenario, he should be an elite bench scorer à la Lou Williams, but there’s a chance he develops into the perfect secondary playmaker at point to complement a ball-dominant wing player.
That is probably not his destiny in the New York Knicks’ outdated triangle system, but we’re honestly not sure who that system is built for in the modern, pick and roll-centric NBA.