The Los Angeles Lakers suffered through an extremely disappointing 2021-22 NBA season, missing the playoffs after finishing 33-49. In a season with few bright spots, one of them was undeniably Malik Monk. At times, Monk looked like the Lakers’ second-best player behind LeBron James.
Malik Monk averaged just under 14 points per game but had flashes of brilliance. Monk had 22 games of 20+ points, including a 41-point explosion in a 5-point win over the Denver Nuggets. Monk shot 39.1% from deep and was one of the Lakers’ most efficient players – 3rd in eFG% among Lakers who played 50+ games.
Monk’s impressive season is unfortunately bad news for the Los Angeles Lakers, as the guard is now an unrestricted free agent. After his performance, there are no doubt teams will be interested in acquiring him.
The Detroit Pistons are a team that could certainly benefit from Monk’s contributions. Detroit finished second to last in the NBA in three-point FG%, at 32.8%. With young star Cade Cunningham running the show, filling the roster with efficient floor spacers should be priority #1. Cunningham is equipped already to run an NBA offense and would be able to set up Monk for frequent open looks.