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Malik Monk
Malik Monk
Position: G
Born: 02/04/98
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $2,904,480
Why has it been difficult for you to play Monk in significant minutes with the game on the line? Steve Clifford: “First off, he did play a lot of games (early), where he finished some games. I should preface this by saying I think Malik is going to be a good player, (and) he could be a very good player. He is a shotmaker, he has good quickness, he is bright and he has a good feel for the game. Playing the point, because it’s not his natural position, he wasn’t utilized in the best possible way. If you look at the numbers when he played, we just didn’t function well. We didn’t function well defensively, and we also didn’t function well offensively. I don’t think, going back, that it was fair to him.”
Steve Clifford: “With Malik Monk, then it became, ‘Do we play him over Jeremy?’ when (Lamb) is playing so well? For Malik to be an every-night starter, which he has the talent and potential to be, he’s going to have to play both spots. To be an every-night starter you have to play at both ends of the floor unless you can (score) 26 a night. You have to be able to guard your position. He is undersized, so to say he’s going to be a (shooting guard) every night against every player (is a stretch). I do think he can play both spots, but I don’t think it was in his best interest to use him the way that I did.”