Malik Monk had a strong opening night for the Charlotte Hornets in Las Vegas — 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three. He also racked up four assists and was just making plays. After a rough rookie season, it was a reminder of why the Hornets took him as a sharpshooter at No. 11 in the 2017 draft.
Then to help seal the win with three seconds left, he slapped down the ball into the floor — and apparently then fractured his right thumb, the team announced. He is done for the summer and will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks, according to the team.
Monk is expected to have an expanded role this season in coach James Borrego’s new up-tempo offense, with the new coach calling him a “major player” in his plans. Borrego was impressed with Monk’s shooting and thinks they can use him as a primary offensive weapon for stretches. Monk will still likely come off the bench behind Nicolas Batum, but if healthy and shooting well his role will expand.
Once his thumb heals.