Malik Monk Reveals Why He’s Eager to Share the Court With LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook

Published 08/23/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Amidst an occupied offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka is aiming for a championship squad for the 2021-22 season. Various trades and signings have taken place in the past few weeks and one of their interesting picks is Charlotte Hornets’ shooting guard Malik Monk.

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The Lakers seem to be in recovery mode this summer. After a short-lived 2021 postseason, the banner franchise is making big decisions. Without a doubt, forming a veteran-dominant roster is one of those choices made by the Lakers front office.

A 3-point shooting upgrade for Los Angeles Lakers

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Last season, the Lakers witnessed a poor shooting performance along with unfortunate injuries hitting the top players. However, this year is looking different as they recently acquired Carmelo Anthony, Kendrick Nunn, and now a 23-YO Malik Monk.

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Malik Monk was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 2017. After four years with the franchise, he is off to LA and ready to play alongside the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and other bigwigs. Additionally, Monk is in hot form after a notable 2020-21 season. He averaged 11.7 points, shooting 40.1% from the 3-point line and scoring a career-high 36 points against Miami Heat in an overtime win of 129-121.

Malik Monk is finding opportunities with LeBron James and Co. early on

Monk’s long-range shooting is a useful asset procured from his high school days. The youngster is getting a huge opportunity to be part of a veteran team such as the Lakers 2021.

Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Now that he is here, Monk is positive about playing with the superstars of Los Angeles. He told“It [playing alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook] will open everything up for me. A lot more easier shots, a lot more uncontested shots, a lot more drives where I can get downhill because LeBron, AD, and Russ are going to make the floor more spaced out for all of us.”

These are some building times for the Lakers bench as players like Monk are coming aboard. Monk will find greater chances of making those shots from beyond the arc with LeBron and co. opening the doors for him. Also, it will be interesting to watch how the roles of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, and other absentees will be taken up by the new players.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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