In the offseason, Greg Monroe mentioned that he was working hard to improve his offense. The results so far this season have been outstanding as Monroe has expanded his role in the Pistons offense and been one of the most efficient scoring big men in the league.
Hopefully, next offseason, he attacks his defense with the same level of commitment. According to Stephen Litel of Hoops World, it sounds like that is on Monroe’s agenda:
In order to improve, you have to be honest and assess both your strengths and weaknesses. Monroe did exactly that after his rookie season, put in the time, and is happy with the early results of his hard work. One area has really stood out to him when determining the areas in which he has improved the most.
“My mid-range shot,” said Monroe. “That’s definitely helped my game out and where I’ve made the most progress so far. I’m just trying to continue to better my game in all aspects. I have to get better defensively. I mean, I’ve gotten better this year, but I still have to get better. I’ve been working, watching a lot more tape and working on different techniques and all that.”
Monroe is also smart enough to take advantage of a pretty good defensive resource:
Monroe appreciates the respect from Wallace and knows it wouldn’t be wise of him to not take advantage of the knowledge Wallace can teach him. Monroe was essentially born a superior offensive player to his pseudo-mentor, but he still has a lot to learn on the defensive end.
“Obviously, his record speaks for itself and it’s definitely a big help to have a guy who has been in the league for a long time that was such a good defender giving you tips,” said Monroe. “He helps me any way he can.”
Ben Wallace might not be in position to contribute that much on the court anymore, but any impact he has on making Monroe a better defender will make his return this season a huge value to the team.