Since Malik Monk was drafted onto the Charlotte Hornets, you haven’t seen him take a shot or dribble through traffic or get into a defensive stance.

The left ankle sprain Monk suffered while readying for pre-draft workouts cost him summer league in July and much of a rookie’s normal off-season preparation. That makes him a bit of a mystery heading into next week’s training camp at Spectrum Center.

Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with the Observer, Monk covered a lot of ground:

▪ That he isn’t just a shooter, he’s a rounded-out basketball player.

▪ That he recognizes his defensive limitations, and that won’t be acceptable at the NBA level.

▪ That his new teammates have been generous with their advice. ...

And, while he was surprised to last until the Hornets’ 11th overall pick, he’s fortunate how this worked out: His idol is the guy signing his paycheck.