When Greg Monroe first began playing, he had two responsibilities – rebounding and playing defense. After all, he sat the first two games because he failed to show the requisite energy in those areas during the preseason.
Right away, Monroe did a great job of being active on the glass. His defense isn’t quite as far along, but he’s clearly trying.
Monroe is the poster child for coachability. Charlie Villanueva needed took more than a year to earn John Kuester’s trust. Monroe did it in a couple weeks.
Kuester rewarded Monroe with more minutes, and lately, he’s even giving the talented rookie more responsibilities. With rebounding and defense added to his repertoire, Monroe now has the green light to flash the passing ability that everyone raved about when the Pistons drafted him.
Jakob Eich of Bynumite Blog has a great post with screen shots showing exactly how Monroe is doing that.