It looks like Malik Monk will be fine after all.
The former Kentucky Wildcats guard suffered what was believed to be a broken thumb last week while playing with the Hornets in the NBA Summer League. However, the team has now announced that it wasn’t a fracture, and Monk is now considered day to day for the rest of the Summer League.
The original injury was believed to be bad enough to sideline him for 6-8 weeks. Even though there’s now a chance Monk could play in the Summer League, the Hornets would be smart to shut him down and not risk further injury.
After all, Charlotte is hoping for a big sophomore season from the No. 11 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
While Monk spent most of his rookie season in a reserve role, he did score 20.4 points per game in his last five games, ending on a high note and building momentum toward a breakout Year 2. For the season, he averaged 6.7 points and 1.4 assists while shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc.
That was under an old regime, however. With James Borrego leading a new coaching staff, the hope is Monk will be given more playing time and chances to show he’s capable of being a lights-out scorer like he was at UK.