Greg Monroe as a 'hub'


We’ve seen Greg Monroe‘s role in the offense and his overall aggression grow, and that’s no accident. Via Terry Foster of The Detroit News, Lawrence Frank has big plans for Monroe:

Now Frank wants to make him a “hub” where the offense rubs off him on the inside. Monroe worked on some new moves which make it more difficult for opponents to block his shots as often as they did last season.

“It’s the growth of his game,” Frank said. “He works at it every single game. He comes in early and stays late. Now, we are trying to build off of him as a hub, not just scoring but to get movement off him. That is going to be a process. But if you look at it he is doing it.”

The ‘process’ has more to do with Monroe’s teammates than Monroe himself. Monroe is averaging 2.6 assist per game, but that doesn’t accurately reflect how well he’s moving the ball this season. If his teammates started hitting open jumpers with more regularity, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine Monroe averaging 4 assists per game right now.