Monk headed to the G League for a tune-up game Tuesday against the Wisconsin Herd with the Hornets in the midst of a four-day break in the schedule. He logged 41 minutes in the contest, finishing with 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Though he'll rejoin Charlotte ahead of Wednesday's home game against Boston, Monk remains on the fringe of head coach Steve Clifford's rotation and likely won't play more than a handful of minutes in the contest.
Monk has been assigned to the Greensboro Swarm of the G-League, NBA.com reports.
The Hornets sent both Monk and Dwayne Bacon to the G-League on Monday, marking the first assignment of the season for both players. Monk began the season as a key piece in the rotation, but his playing time has gradually dwindled, and he was averaging just 9.6 minutes per game in the month of December. Monk's long-term potential as an instant-offense scorer remains intriguing, but he can be safely ignored in most season-long fantasy formats at this point.
Monk played extended minutes Saturday for the first time in five starts, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports. He scored four points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3PM, 2-3 FT) in 17 minutes before departing.
Monk has been a healthy scratch twice in the last seven games and has seen his playing time dwindle with the return of Michael Carter-Williams (knees). The 11th-overall pick in the 2017 draft had averaged 19 minutes per game over the Hornets' first 14 games, but has averaged fewer than eight minutes over the last five. It's been a challenging rookie season for Monk, who is being asked to play point guard after being a shooting guard last year for Kentucky.
Monk finished with 21 points (8-17 FG, 5-13 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds across 27 minutes during Tuesday's 118-113 loss to the Knicks.
Monk has made five threes in just one other game this season -- when he set his career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Nov. 1. He's still struggling to find consistency from the field, as he was hitting just 33.7 percent of his looks coming into Tuesday. For that reason, he makes for a high-risk/high-reward DFS option.
Monk accumulated a career-high 25 points (10-17 FG, 5-8 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 126-121 win over the Bucks.
Monk has been up-and-down through the first eight games of his rookie campaign, but Wednesday certainly marked the highest point of his career thus far. While the shots haven't always been falling for Monk, he's averaging 12.6 field-goal attempts per game over the past five contests -- a mark high enough to warrant fantasy ownership in deeper (and daily) formats. It remains to be seen what his role will be once Michael Carter-Williams (knee) makes his team/season debut. But, for the time being, Monk is gaining some valuable experience and putting up respectable numbers as of late.
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