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Pistons 101 Player Series: Greg Monroe

May 27th, 2014 at 5:21 PM
By Sean Walters

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The man they call “Moose” definitely had himself a solid fourth season with the Detroit Pistons. Greg Monroe has started 163 of the Pistons last 164 games, proving to be one of the most consistent and durable players on the team.

Monroe put together his third consecutive season of at least 15 points and 9 boards. His consistent production is hard to argue. He is simply a guy that can be depended on to go out and do his job every night, and do it well. His numbers look even better when you consider how much damage emerging stud Andre Drummond was doing alongside of him. The duo combined to average over 22 rebounds per night.

The only area where his numbers slightly dipped this past season were his assists, but that was expected when ball-dominant point guard Brandon Jennings came to town. Monroe’s passing skills are well documented all the way back to his days at Georgetown, and there is no doubt he is one of the better passing big men in the league.

What Monroe doesn’t offer is spacing. He has a nice shot, but his range really only extends to the elbow. Monroe has never attempted a three in his career. So the question now is, is he a fit for the new Stan Van Gundy led Pistons? The conventional wisdom says no. More than likely SVG will want to surround Andre Drummond with four solid shooters that can space the floor, and give the big man room to operate in the paint.

Restricted free agency is looming for Monroe, and the big question is will the Pistons match a lucrative offer that is surely coming? One would think not because of the way SVG will re-shape the Pistons, but when asked of Monroe Van Gundy said “He has great, great value.” That further muddied the situation, and now it seems it is anyone’s guess where Monroe will be playing next season. One thing though is for certain, somebody will be getting a “Moose” of a big man to play power forward.

Tags: Andre Drummond, Basketball, Brandon Jennings, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, NBA

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