Malik Monk

This man his kept me guessing on his NBA fit all season long. Now, that the lottery is set, I'm trying to find a team that would fit him, because he seems like a guy with high bust potential if he goes to a bad situation. The 76ers seem like the best fit, but would #3 be too high for him? More complete players like Jackson, Tatum, and Fox will be available, but Monk may provide the best fit. If the 76ers pass on Monk, I can see a scenario where he slides on draft night, but at some point his scoring talent may become too much to pass up on.

At #4 and #5, I doubt the Suns or Kings are considering him as both teams have other needs.

Orlando could be in play for Monk at #6 as they need shooting, but what position does he play? Do they see him as a scoring guard off the bench or do they think they can turn him into a PG? I read an article comparing Monk's ceiling to Damian Lillard's (which I think is a stretch) and if I someone in the Magic's front office believes that, maybe he should go here. However, other guys like Dennis Smith, Tatum, Isaac, and Markannen will be available, so workouts will probably be key here.

The TWolves need shooting, but I don't see Thibs having the patience for Monk, because Monk is a guy that if he isn't getting touches, he won't be playing defense either.

The Knicks could also be in play here as they need any talent they can get and they don't have either position for their backcourt of the future so fit doesn't matter. If Monk does not go here, I could see him sliding a bit.

I don't think either the Mavs or Knicks will touch him. After the top ten, I could see any team taking him for the shooting and scoring talent alone. I think the Heat are his floor.

Where do you guys see him going and where are his best fits?

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Basically going by a similar

Basically going by a similar reasoning I have him sliding to 11, where Charlotte takes him simply because he is worth the risk at that spot. Sacramento could take him at 10 to be their scorer off the bench.

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Said the same thing last

Said the same thing last week, so obviously I agree. I think 3 is too high for Philly and if he doesn't go there, he's probably sliding to the back half of the lottery.

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Philly & Monk

If Philly really likes Monk, they should be looking to trade back a few spots and pile on a few more assets, because like you said, there's about 0% chance Phoenix or Sac takes him over similarly-ranked players (or better) at actual positions of need.

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Yes

I think they could trade back to 5 or 6 as I believe Sac and Orlando would have a lot of interest in moving up to 3rd for Fox or Jackson. Could you get 5 & 10 from Sac for 3 and something else ?

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76ers should talk to the Knicks if they really like Monk

I don't think the Kings are interested in doing any trade with the 76ers in the near future. They really got screwed in that Sam Hinkie deal a couple years back.

Magic might be interested but they too had a trade with the 76ers in 2014 that netted them Payton instead of Saric. Payton is falling out of favor for the Magic, so I think the Magic will be searching for a PG. Monk didn't really showcase that abillity at Knetucky which he is going to need in the NBA. Monk might be considered a project at point. I really don't think the Magic are interested in a project point guard. They need to find a star to help them get to the playoffs. Its Tatum or Smith for the Magic.

I have him sliding to 11 as well. But look for the Knicks to give him strong consideration. Maybe that's who the 76ers should talk to if they really like Monk. The Knicks might actually like Fox.

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Hes going to have Louis

Hes going to have Louis Williams/ Jason Terry type value his entire career, hes going to be a very solid instant offense guy.. Will have tons of value as a 6th man scorer.

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I absolutely agree with you

Problem is those guys were 2nd round picks - and I'm not sure you invest a Top 5 pick on a guy destined to be a potent bench scorer - unless your team is already top notch. You are looking for starters and difference makers at that

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Exactly!

Teams are going to take the guys with more upside first. That's why he's going to slide.

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I think my Mavs take him if

I think my Mavs take him if he drops to us and none of the top 5/6 guys have fallen. Carlisle has historically gotten the absolute max out of combo guards (Jason Terry, Monta, Seth Curry) and a young stud like Monk who can score on all three levels, handle the ball some, and is athletic as hell, will definitely thrive in our system.

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I don't think he slides past

I don't think he slides past the Knicks. If he falls to them at 8, maybe Philly can convince the Knicks to take Jahlil for the pick in Phil Jackson's quest to get fired

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Maybe a third team gets involved

Reading your comment made me laugh. Okafor would be an interesting fit next to Porzingis. He would probably have to be a backup like he is in Philly. Maybe a third team gets involved?

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no risk no fun or simply no risk

In the past Philly drafted the best player available. But if they do something completely different, they draft for need, because they believe in their stars Simmons and Embiid (Saric, Okafor, TLC). I think they would draft Monk then. Sounds like a fail because they could pass on an all star talent like Jackson, Tatum, Fox, Smith, Isaac .... Workouts will show if he is the perfect fit for their stars. Monk had a monster freshman season!

I don't think this scenario is totally weird and far away from possibility.

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Monk

Monk is being underrated by a lot of people, his shooting ability and athleticism fit perfectly with the modern game, and he is the only player I could realistically see leading the league in scoring in this draft. Some are skeptical of analytical projections, but this is worth a look. People underestimate Monk's ability to be a lead guard at the next level, but his assist rate as a freshman is very similar to Curry's, Lillard's, and Westbrook's. He didn't play the 1 because UK had Fox. People worry he won't get to the line, but he shot just as many free throws as Tatum and Jackson. He would be a great pick for the Sixers playing off of Simmons, I personally hope he ends up on the Mavs and Carlisle coaches him up.

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I think Malik Monk would be a

I think Malik Monk would be a good fit next to Isaiah Thomas. The C's need more scoring around IT with the rest of their guys being more like glorified role players than legit 2nd options.

They should trade the top pick to Philly for 3, Jahlil Okafor, 36, and cash.

Okafor will give them an inside scoring threat or the fastest guy, but he can rebound a bit. If they can find an interior defender/shot blocker in free agency, I like Okafor's ability to help round out Boston's inside rotation.

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Done deal

Philly will do that in a heart beat.

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fultz is just as good of a

fultz is just as good of a shooter as monk, and he is a better scorer than monk.

getting Okafor from Philly would be a good move accept he cannot defend at all.

which is the most of waht the celtics need out of a true center.

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I thought the same thing.

I thought the same thing. Bryan Colengelo wont mind adding a defenite fit at #3 but with Jackson on the board? That cant happen. Right?

Knicks could be the spot but they are gonna need a PG and Smith, Fox, and Ntilikina all look good.

I really see his range as 3 to 12. 8m think8ng Detroit could land another steal they always have someone slip to them maybe this year its Monk. He would give them a reason not to renew Caldwell Pope.

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Knicks

If it's between Nitilikina or Monk for the Knicks, my guess is they go PG and Monk slides out of top 10. Minny is a dark horse, but I'm thinking maybe Isaac for them(?)...or maybe he's the one who slides (both?). My money is Monk ends up in Charlotte.

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I luv Monk but he has Mnajor holes in his game

He plays Zero defense & I do mean none.

He is undersized for an NBA 2/SG

He's got great athleticism in transition & I Luv his quick release shot mechanics

But I see him as a Jamal Crawford type - meaning he is instant offense off the bench but w/ a Top 7 pick I think you must get at least a projected starter

just my 2 cents

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We take a look at what Devin

We take a look at what Devin Booker is doing this year as a shooter that gets hot in spurts.

His defense is bad but we have numerous players in the NBA who cant play D. His ability to catch and shoot is much better than someone like Austin Rivers who was also getting the Jamaal Crawford comparison. I usually reserve the Crawford comparison to players who can only operate properly with the ball in their hands. Monk clearly showed this year that he can be a deadly off ball scorer, putting a barrage of 3s when hot off the catch.

He really does have a heep of potential but Dennis smith is a better prospect in my opinion.

I think Smith Jr is a better choice for philly

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