Sixers to Work Out Kentucky’s Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox
The Sixers definitely could use a shooter.
In today's NBA, the three-point shot is one of the biggest weapons in the game, Golden State Warriors are the perfect example of that, while the Sixers are one of the worst team's in the league at making that shot.
The Philadelphia Sixers have been looking for a dead-eye shooter since the days of Hersey Hawkins, but could land one in next Thursday's NBA Draft (Listen on 97.3 ESPN).
Among the prospects in this year's draft, Kentucky guard Malik Monk, the SEC Player of the Year, is considered one of the top shooters, if not the top. He be in Philadelphia for a solo workout with the 76ers on Thursday.
In his lone season at Kentucky, Monk connected on nearly 40 percent from 3-point range, en route to averaging 19.8 points per game. He did a great job using screens to get open and shoot off the dribble.
If Monk can display the ability to shoot during his solo workout with the Sixers on Thursday, that could factor into the team's decision, potentially leading to a trade down.
Monk, is projected to be a top-10 pick in this draft. The Sixers select third overall, which may, to some experts, be too high to make Monk the selection.
"I really like Malik Monk," NBA writer Keith Smith said on the Sports Bash. "But I think that’s too much of a stretch to draft him at No. 3."
While Monk certainly would fill a major need for the 76ers, he is an undersized shooting guard at just 6-foot-3, but could fit with the Sixers, who plan to use the 6-foot-10, Ben Simmons at the point guard position.
The Sixers were one of the worst teams in the league at shooting the three-pointer shot, ranking 24th in the league this season — only five NBA teams were worse at making 3s.
So while he fits a need, if the Sixers take him, it might mean they made a trade to move back in the draft.
Also slated to work out for the Sixers this weekend, according to Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquire, is Monk's Kentucky teammate De'Aaron Fox.
Fox averaged 16.7 points, four rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for the Wildcats last season, leading them to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to North Carolina.
"Malik Monk is probably the best fit of these guys if you believe he’s in the same tier talent wise as Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox," ESPN NBA insider Kevin Pelton said on the Sports Bash. "I don’t think he (Fox) makes sense for the Sixers," Pelton continued. "I don’t generally like him at the No. 3 pick because I think his outside shooting is enough of a concern."
His shooting is the biggest knock on him, and pairing him with Simmons, who's outside show isn't his strongest skill. However, Fox is an intriguing prospect who is lighting fast and could help the Sixers right away playing next to Simmons.
"I’d put on Kentucky knowing that the Sixers need a shooter, knowing that one of the best shooters in the country was Malik Monk, and I’d turn on a game and I’d turn on tape and I’d go to watch him and all of a sudden my eyes go elsewhere right to De’Aaron Fox," said Sixers beat writer Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News on the Sports Bash.
"I was like wow this kid is really something special, and I can’t take my eyes off of him. I’ve circled back over to Monk and of course I’d focus on him but De’aaron Fox just really grabs your attention when you’re watching film when you’re watching games."