2017: Malik Monk
Before the 2017 NBA Draft, Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk was considered a virtual lock to be a top 10 pick. After a strong offseason season at Kentucky, Monk was seen to be one of the most dynamic and explosive scorers in the entire draft class. So when he “fell” to the the Charlotte Hornets at 11th overall pick, many sportswriters and fans instantly called him one of the steals of the draft. But after an incredibly disappointing rookie season, it looks like there was a good reason he fell out of the top 10.
After suffering an injury in summer league, Monk struggled all season, quickly ending up in head coach Steve Clifford’s doghouse. It got so bad that he was briefly re-assigned to the G-League, which is unheard of for a lottery pick who isn’t considered “a long term project” (an example would be Hasheem Thabeet — and we all know how that turned out). He finished his rookie season averaging less than seven points a game, with a field goal percentage of just 36% (though he did average 20.4 points per game and on 48% shooting in the month of April).