4. Malik Monk
Malik Monk has found his home with the Sacramento Kings. After a quality year a season ago, he's outperforming his first season in Sactown.
Last season, Monk averaged 13.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He did so while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc.
This season, only his field goal percentage dropped. Every other stat is up from a season ago. Thus far, the Kings' guard is averaging 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.
No longer is Monk the microwave scorer who shoots it every time he touches the ball. He's developed into a playmaker who looks to help others score as often as he does himself. Monk's assist percentage ranks 8th in the association, one spot below the aforementioned "Point God," Chris Paul.
He's also turned a new leaf when it comes to efficiency. Monk is shooting the highest percentage of threes in his career. Yet, his 39.4 percent clip is the second highest he's ever shot it from a distance.
For just the third time in his career and the second season in a row, his team is better with him on the court than off it. Monk has found his niche in the league. He's a well-balanced scorer who's capable of leading the second unit and equally as capable of closing the game with members of the starting five.