Another day, another top 100 list. Honestly, I’ve actually enjoyed the numerous national sites evaluating players and coming up with their own variations of the NBA’s top 100 players, mainly because they vary so wildly.
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.
So evidently Ben Gordon wasn’t really worth that massive contract the Pistons tossed at him. Hard to know that though, especially with the way he torched the Celtics in the 2009-10 playoffs. There was a time where Gordon, a 6-3 shooting guard, was maybe one of the toughest covers at that spot in the league. And really, he probably still is if he can just get his act together.
He shoots too much and often goes tunnel vision with the ball in his hands. But when he’s cooking, there might not be a better short scorer in the league. His 2010-11 was very down, but this is a guy that averaged more than 15 points a game every year before he landed in Detroit, including two years over 20.
Rodney Stuckey was an honorable mention on the list. The biggest name missing is Tayshaun Prince. I assume most feel he is better than Gordon. I think it’s interesting that on Zach Lowe’s rankings for Sports Illustrated, he had Prince and Stuckey firmly in the top 100 and Monroe and Gordon outside of it.
Personally, I think Monroe was Detroit’s best player last season and I think Prince’s stats were a bit hollow — he dominated the ball, so of course he’s going to put up decent numbers.
Regardless, Detroit doesn’t deserve more than one or two players in any top 100, and they are fighting for spots at the bottom of any list regardless. I’d probably pick Monroe and Stuckey as the top two players on the team last season if pressed on the issue, though.