Charlotte guard Malik Monk made his first career start on Tuesday.
He will not be making his second on Wednesday night. Monk has been suspended by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug program.
His suspension is unpaid and will last “until he is determined to be in full compliance with the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.” The type of drug that led to the suspension is currently unknown and this is his first violation.
Monk was averaging 17 points per game over his last 13 games. He is averaging 10.3 PPG overall this season. Monk was drafted No. 11 overall by the Hornets in 2017 after playing under John Calipari at Kentucky.
“We are disappointed in Malik’s decision-making that resulted in his suspension,” Charlotte said in a statement. “As an organization, we do not condone his behavior. However, we are committed to supporting Malik during this time.”
Charlotte is not in playoff contention at 19-38 overall. The Hornets were held to just 30 points combined in the second and third quarters against Indiana.
Monk was averaging career-bests in points, rebounds (2.9), assists (2.1) and minutes (21.3) this year. He is eligible for a contract extension at the end of the season.
Charlotte has 500/1 odds to win the Southwest Division. Miami is listed at -10000 to take the crown, according to BetOnline.
Monk scored a career-high 31 points in a loss to Milwaukee in January. Charlotte is last in the NBA in scoring with 102.2 points per game.
The Hornets’ season win total opened at 32.5 games at PointsBet, but took major action on the under. It closed at 23.5 games.
They just have to win five of their remaining 25 games to get ‘over’ the total, but Monk’s suspension is not going to help the cause.