3 Sacramento Kings that earned untouchable status, 1 that should be cut loose

De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings.
Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

3. Malik Monk

Malik Monk showed everyone exactly what he is capable of during these last seven playoff games. Coming off the bench and averaging 19 points is no small feat in the NBA postseason. He hung a career-high for playoff scoring in his playoff debut with 32 points in Game 1 and continued to score above his season average in every game except game three. Monk was a clear upgrade at the shooting guard position over Kevin Huerter in the series and arguably should have taken the starting spot in game seven.

Monk has real skill attacking the basket. He found ways to get to the rim and converted 75 percent of shots at the cup (per Cleaningtheglass.com). He has a real ability to finish and keep the defense guessing with his attacks. Throughout the last series, he showed he could make difficult shots whether it be double-clutching through contact, finding creative angles of the glass, or kicking out to shooters and rollers.

Going into this year there were high hopes as Monk and De’Aaron Fox joined forces yet again. At Kentucky, they were touted as the most exciting backcourt in the NCAA, and rightfully so. With this season the duo are building something with the rest of their Sacramento teammates that looks like it could be even more thrilling.