Malik Monk, last year’s co-SEC Player of the Year, is hoping to generate a buzz as an NBA rookie. First things first, he had to sign his first pro contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
On Sunday night, the franchise released video on Twitter of the former Kentucky standout officially putting the pen to paper. Team policy prevents terms of the deal from being disclosed, but based on the 2017-18 NBA rookie scale, Monk will make a little more than $5 million over two years of guaranteed salary as the No. 11 pick in the NBA draft.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 3, 2017
Monk is dealing with a sprained ankle that he suffered during the draft workout process and isn’t expected to participate in the team’s summer camp in Orlando.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Monk earned the 2016-17 Jerry West Award, which honors the nation’s top shooting guard. He was a Second-Team All-American and shared SEC Player of the Year honors with South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell.
Monk averaged 19.8 points per game in his only season with the Wildcats.