Kings' Malik Monk Has Telling Reaction After Sixth Man of the Year Snub

Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk
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Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk finished second in this season's NBA Sixth Man of the Year award voting, coming up just shy of Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid who took home the honor Wednesday evening.

It's the second year in a row Monk was in the running for the award, and many fans felt that he was snubbed after an impressive season off the bench for the Kings. He seemed to agree with that notion, and shared his thoughts on X.

In response to a statistic stating that Monk is the first player in the last 35 years to lead the NBA in bench points in back-to-back seasons without winning the Sixth Man of the Year award, Monk posted a series of emojis indicating he finds the snub laughable.

Monk played in 72 games for Sacramento this season, coming off the bench in all of them. He averaged 15.4 points alongside 5.1 assists while seeing the floor for 26 minutes per game.

Despite Monk being a crucial cog in the Kings' rotation, Reid's role for the Timberwolves was considered more valuable, per the voting results, though the Sacramento guard doesn't seem to agree with that.

Monk has spent most of his career coming off the bench, a role he seems to thrive in. Across 458 career games with the Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, Monk has started just 38 games, 37 of which came during the 2021–22 season with the Lakers.


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