Rookie Malik Monk says he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one

Duke v North Carolina

Malik Monk was incredibly impressive during his one-and-done freshman season at the University of Kentucky, averaging 19.8 points while showing off superior long-range ability from beyond the arc. He was regarded as one of the nation's most deadly scorers for the threat of what he could do on any given night.

Despite being held out of the NBA Summer League with an ankle injury, Monk had an hilarious response when Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer asked him of he could beat Hornets owner Michael Jordan one-on-one.

"He's pretty old right now," Monk said of Jordan. "I think I can get him.”

It remains to be seen if Jordan will decide to test Monk on his claim. If the matchup does happen, it’ll definitely be when Monk is at 100 percent health.

At 6’3”, Monk is projected to be a hybrid guard for the Hornets. In college, he shot 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 45.0 percent overall, which were impressive given the high volume of shots that he took. Additionally, he scored in double-figures in 36 of his 38 games played, which quantifies his remarkable consistency.

2017 NBA Draft

His Jordan-esque performance came on December 17 against the University of North Carolina. In perhaps the most incredible individual output of the entire collegiate season, Monk dropped 47 points on 18-of-28 shooting, including 8-of-12 from three.

Ironically, Jordan went to North Carolina back in the day. Therefore, that might be a talking point in some playful back and forth between the two if they square off. 

If MJ decides to play Monk one-on-one, it wouldn’t be the first time he took on a rookie on his team.

Charlotte Hornets v Detroit Pistons

“He did play me 1-on-1 one time,” 19-year-old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist revealed back in 2013 via Bleacher Report. “And it was hard for me … I lost. I lost to a 50-year-old guy. That’s my boss, though. He’s the best player to play the game.”

"Yeah. Of course," he said when asked if he thought he was going to beat Jordan. "I don’t think I’m gonna lose. I mean, he is 50.” “No,” he said emphatically when he was asked if he let MJ win. “No. I didn’t allow him to beat me. Because that’s my boss? Nah.”

Kidd-Gilchrist was the No. 2 draft pick that year.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

Earlier this summer, fellow rookie Lonzo Ball predicted that he could beat Jordan on an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Since he’s considered the G.O.A.T., Jordan will always remain in the spotlight, and the fact that youngsters are still hypothetically stacking themselves up against him speaks volumes of his immense popularity and status in the world of hoops.

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