Malik Monk’s streak of success continues as the 23-year-old goaltender recorded a season-high 29 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 134-118 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Monk has been in phenomenal shape since returning from his battle with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Over that seven-game streak, he averaged 21.9 points, shooting 56.3% from field and 48.2% from downtown.
Head coach Frank Vogel highlighted Monk’s versatility on offense, pointing out that he can both get buckets himself and create scoring opportunities for others.
“He gets them in different ways,” Vogel said. “What we love about him is that he can create and he can be a finisher when the excessive assists come in, he can knock down the three tail ends with great efficiency and obviously you can put the back on him too. balloon in the hands to create. “
And he continued, “He’s playing well. I mean, he plays really well, there’s no other way to put it. Either way, you can offensively, create for others, shoot catch-and-shoot threes, attack the basket, score in the midrange and really compete defensively too.
Among the factors that have contributed to Monk’s rise to power, the keeper recently said he was focusing on improving his shooting selection, getting rid of the “crazy three cross dribbles” in his arsenal. The Kentucky alum also explained that he doesn’t force shots and instead goes the extra mile to space the ground, “letting the game come to him.”
LeBron James is “humble” Monk joined the Lakers in the offseason
LeBron James has revealed that the Lakers have kept tabs on Monk during the 2020-21 season, leading to their pursuit of the goaltender signing last summer – facing little competition from other teams.
Since then, James and Monk’s partnership has become a valuable asset for LA, making it to the team’s top 10 over / under pairs with 3.1 over the season. James explained that he has personally followed the Guardian’s career for years, allowing the duo to develop chemistry in no time.
“I don’t understand anything, I know his game,” said the four-time NBA champion. “I’ve been watching him since he was in high school. He’s still improving and obviously he’s been using the offseason like a lot of fuel.
And James added, “Not many teams came out to call and I’m glad when we called he chose us and wanted to be a part of us. I am very proud and humbled by it.
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