Malik Monk is making a case to be a starter

LOS ANGELES (News4usonline) – The day after Thanksgiving, the Lakers lost in a thrilling triple-overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings. It was their first loss that required an overtime period, after being undefeated. Despite their 141-137 defeat at home, the Lakers have what seems to be a bright spot on the team in guard Malik Monk.

Monk has played well in the time he has been getting on the court. He finished with 20 points after going 8 of 11 from the floor shooting in the loss to the Kings. This performance along with a string of games this season brings forward the debate whether or not Monk should be inserted in the starting lineup.

“This is what I dream of, this is what I dreamed of my whole life being in games like this,” Monk said. “Even playing with Lebron, I didn’t even know this could happen. I’m just in awe every time, and learning as much as I can.”

Over the past two games, Monk has found himself on the floor in the crucial minutes of a contest. In the Lakers’ overtime road victory against the Indiana Pacers, Monk saw key minutes. His performance against the Pacers saw valuable contribution off the bench.

Malik Monk (11) of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles past Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings. Photo credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline

He would finish the game with 17 points, 8 rebounds. He also connected on 3 of 6 three-point attempts in the Lakers’ victory. The impressive offensive performance carried over against the Kings.

Monk shot the ball very well against the Kings, and his play was a major factor in keeping the game close for the Lakers. Offensive struggles throughout the game from both Lebron James and Anthony Davis may have sparked Lakers head coach Frank Vogel into getting Monk on the floor.

Monk again found himself on the floor in the clutch time, including playing in all three overtime periods. Monk wound up playing a total of 44 minutes in the game and was on the floor playing valuable minutes.

Monk did not receive many shot attempts in the overtime periods, but he provided a threat that some Laker players are not consistently providing.

In the recent stretch of games, Vogel and James have talked about the great play of the bench players and how they are stepping up, with Monk being one of them. Losing to the Kings marks another disappointing loss this season for the Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) goes for the dunk against the Sacramento Kings. Photo credit: Dennis J Freeman/News4usonline

The Lakers blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, saw their double-digit lead disappear, and eventually lost in the three overtimes.

“We knew the early season was going to be bumpy. This season is about peaking at the right time, and understanding we’re going to use the 82 game season to learn each other and grow each day each game,” said Vogel.

A part of the process is players learning to play with each other, and Avery Bradley has been a consistent player in the starting lineup. Over the past few games, Bradley has been inconsistent with his play and is even losing minutes.

If Bradley continues to struggle, and the Lakers losing woes occur a lineup change should be in place. Monk does not play the type of defense that Bradley plays, but he can certainly score points. This is why there could be a case made why Monk should be inserted into the starting lineup.