With less than two months remaining in the regular season, the Charlotte Hornets were dealt a tough blow to their backcourt. Malik Monk has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s anti-drug program.
This season, Monk is averaging a career-high 10.3 points per game. He’s also been very durable for the Hornets over the past two years, suiting up in 128 games.
Charlotte selected Monk with its first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Although he hasn’t lived up to expectations so far, the 22-year-old guard still has plenty of room to grow. However, it’s still unknown when he’ll return to the court.
“Monk’s suspension will begin with tonight’s game between the Hornets and the New York Knicks, and will continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program,” the NBA said in a statement.
Charlotte’s Malik Monk has been suspended for violating anti-drug program and will continue until he is determined to be in compliance.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 26, 2020
Now that Monk will be out for the foreseeable future, the Hornets may have to give more minutes to the Martin twins, Caleb and Cody.
Fortunately for the Hornets, Devonte Graham should return to the starting lineup very soon. He’s averaging 17.6 points and 7.7 assists per game.
The Hornets will host the New York Knicks tonight. Both teams are toward the bottom of the standings in the Eastern Conference.