Jordan Heimer, ClipperBlog: Greg Monroe isn’t a sexy choice, but that’s why Detroit fans love him. Despite being a center who plays mostly below the rim, Monroe was the Pistons’ best player for most of last season, averaging better than 13 points and 10 rebounds per game after the All-Star break. He’s crafty, hardworking and surprisingly quick on defense — in other words, a perfect Piston.
Jonathan Santiago, Cowbell Kingdom: Like most rookies, Greg Monroe didn’t get much publicity because he played for a terrible team. But after a shaky start, he proved to be one of the most reliable players on the Pistons’ roster this past season. In 25 games following the All-Star break, Monroe averaged a double-double for Detroit. I like his chances of improving even more his sophomore year.
I think John Wall was slightly underrated, because Blake Griffin stole so much of the spotlight, and I think Wall will get even better next year. So, I’d have a difficult time choosing whether perception of Wall or Monroe will rise the most. In actual production, I’d pick Monroe.
If you’re interested, here are the other questions posed in the Five-on-Five:
- Who was the breakout star of 2010-11?
- Who will be the breakout star of 2011-12?
- Which newbie will make the biggest impact in ’11-12? Over his career?
- Surprise, surprise: Which team will shock us next season?
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