“They basically said I need to be prepared to play power forward,” Monroe told me after a lengthy workout Monday at the team’s practice facility. “They’re looking for at least one of those guys to be ready, so I’ve started to prepare myself to be ready to play the four. We’ve been working on stuff to have me in those positions.”
“It’s very OK with me,” he said. “With us there’s not that much of a difference, anyway. I’m not really worried about the transition. I’ve been playing power forward and center all my life, so I’m comfortable with playing either. I’m comfortable with the ball in the mid-post and at the elbow. Defensively, maybe that would be the only thing – guarding different types of players. I would have to scout more, learn the guys’ tendencies. It would be different footwork, moving your feet more.
“But I’m ready for the challenge. Like I’ve always said, I’m here to do whatever my team needs me to do. Defense is the staple of this organization. It’s what coach L is trying to do, so I’m just here to work as hard as I can to get better at that, too.”
There are basically three positions in the NBA now: bigs, wings and point guards. So, it doesn’t matter too much whether Greg Monroe plays either of the big positions, center or power forward. He’s probably the Pistons’ best power forward right now and their best center.
When he plays with Andre Drummond or Vyacheslav Kravtsov, Monroe is probably better suited to play power forward. So, if the “they” in Monroe’s quote above is the Pistons, that’s a good sign the organization believes Drummond and/or Kravtsov will be ready to contribute this season.