The Philadelphia 76ers are starting to bring some of the top notch prospects in for pre-draft workouts.
Kentucky shooting guard and expected top-10 pick Malik Monk posted on his Instagram story that he is currently in Philadelphia, leading to the obvious conclusion that he’ll be working out for the Sixers. The team later confirmed that Monk will be having an individual workout at their practice facility in Camden Thursday afternoon.
The 19-year-old Monk averaged 19.8 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from beyond the arc on 262 three-point attempts. Monk worked out for the Phoenix Suns (who own the fourth pick) last week, and reportedly worked out for the New York Knicks Tuesday morning.
Monk’s workout on Thursday will be the second time the Sixers decision makers have seen him in the span of a few weeks. General manager Bryan Colangelo attended an agency run workout featuring Monk in late May, and must have liked what he saw.
Monk would certainly fill an obvious hole for the Sixers, but questions surrounding his defensive positioning and overall playmaking abilities have lead many pundits to believe his ceiling is lower than most of the other high-end prospects. While it’s impossible to rule anything out during this time of year, Monk would make more sense as a possible trade down candidate than someone the Sixers would legitimately consider with the third overall pick.
Draft Express currently has Monk being selected by the Knicks with the eighth overall pick.