94. Greg Monroe, C, Age 21, Detroit Pistons
2011 Stats: 9.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, .551 FG%, 18.0 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 94, 96, 83
That Monroe cracked this list in his first year speaks extremely well of him, comparing the train wreck of a locker room he operated in, the depth in the Detroit frontcourt, and his coach’s slow spiral of disaster. Monroe’s young, so his 20.5 PER allowed can be overlooked, considering his efficiency minute-by-minute.
Monroe showed himself to be the best young player for the Pistons to build around and Lawrence Frank would do well to make him the focal point. With the right defensive system, Monroe could skyrocket up this list in the next two years.
Moore also provided for PistonPowered readers a sneak peak of next summer’s list:
I’m certain he’s going to be top 60 next year, and you can quote me on that.
These top-100-NBA-players list are all the rage this week. Maybe I’ll try to beat the rush and start my list for 2012 now. If I do, I think I’d agree with Moore and rank Monroe in the top 60, too.
By the way, Rodney Stuckey also received Honorable Mention from the Eye on Basketball guys:
Rodney Stuckey: Destined for Detroit Pistons Trivia Land.
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