Charlotte Hornets wing Malik Monk finished second in the “best shooter” category of the 2017 rookie survey, according to NBA.com. He and fellow rookie Dwayne Bacon were mentioned in several categories by their peers, suggesting that yeah, maybe the Hornets did a good job in June.
It’s also a not-so-subtle reminder that the regular season is fast approaching. Less than two months away, to be exact-ish. Training camp’s in about a month.
Anyway, Monk finished second in “best shooter”, tied for fourth for “most athletic”, and received votes for Rookie of the Year as well as for being most likely to have the best career.
Bacon, on the other hand, finished eighth in the “biggest steal” category and received a vote or two for Rookie of the Year somehow. I mean, I hope he can pull that off and it’s cool to see him get some love but this is not a bet I would be comfortable making.
Biggest steal is something I can get with, though.
As for Monk, he recorded a 42-inch max vertical leap a couple of years ago and shot a hair under 40 percent from behind the arc at Kentucky. So his votes are certainly warranted. His peers believed Luke Kennard is a better shooter and Dennis Smith Jr., Terrance Ferguson, John Collins, and Josh Jackson are more athletic.
We’ll find out soon enough.