It’s behind the ESPN Insider paywall, so you will have to pony up if you want to see the gory details, but suffice it to say, ESPN”s David Thorpe considers Detroit’s Greg Monroe the most disappointing rookie so far this season. He pegs this largely on how often the Detroit big man gets his shot blocked, which to Pistons fans is not a surprise.
I will say this in Monroe’s defense, however. Monroe plays very “small” on offense, and is indecisive, painfully slow with his decisons and lets himself get pushed around (some defense, right?). BUT, he also ranks fourth in rebounds per 48 minutes for players seeing more than 10 mpg. And he sits behind the names you would anticipate: Derrick Favors, Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins. Monroe’s passing skills have also been evident all season. Among rookies playing at least 10 minutes per night, he ranks ninth overall in assists per 48 minutes, and he is the top-ranked frontcourt player in that category.
And Pistons fans can attest that after not seeing the floor the first couple of games of the season, Monroe has been not only a solid rebounder and passer, but active on both ends of the court. In fact, Monroe has the fourth-best plus/minus rating of any Piston this year.
From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like Monroe thinks things are going a thousand miles per hour, especially on the offensive end. But the game will eventually slow down for him, and I think sooner rather than later his basketball skills will shine through.