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Hornets select Malik Monk with the 11th pick in the NBA Draft

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The Hornets’ front office did exactly what most fans wanted them to do and selected Malik Monk with the 11th pick in the NBA Draft.

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“I can shoot the ball pretty good,” Malik Monk laughed after being selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 11th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Yes he can.

The Hornets did exactly what most fans wanted them to do and took not only the best player available, but a player that fell out of their projected range and into the team’s lap. Monk also addresses a need, being able to play both guard positions.

The Kentucky combo guard shot 39.7 percent from behind the arc in college and looks to be a good defender, particularly off the ball. He should jump start the Hornets’ offense with that combination of skills and encourage them to play more transition basketball.

He’ll also get plenty of open looks behind the arc with opponents focusing most of their attention on Kemba Walker and the recently acquired Dwight Howard.

It remains to be seen if the Monk cracks the rotation on opening night, but the chances of the Hornets finding a better player in the same role in free agency are slim.

Boy, am I ever excited for the Orlando Summer League.