Greg Monroe comes in at No. 49 in ESPN #NBARank

Pistons fans should take it as a great sign of things to come for the season that Greg Monroe jumped nearly 100 spots in ESPN’s NBA rankings from his first to his second season and he still seems ranked too low.

Monroe came in at No. 49 on ESPN’s list, a great accomplishment considering that puts him among the top third of starters in the league. But we all saw Monroe last year. He was legitimately an All-Star contender. CBS Sports ranked him at No. 40. A sound case could be made to put him up 10 or so spots in these rankings.

At the same time, I’m glad he’s just a tad lower than expected. After his rookie season, Monroe was slighted in the postseason All-Rookie voting as bad as any recent rookie I can remember. He responded by coming back and improving just about every facet of his game as a second-year player.

I’m glad that, even if a No. 49 ranking might be a tad off for him, it’s not so egregiously off that you wonder if anyone outside of Detroit watches him play. But I’m also glad that it still gives him something to have a chip on his shoulder about and take his game to another level (working on that defense the way he did on the offense, perhaps). I think Monroe will legitimately improve his ranking by 20 or more spots next season.

Anyway, here are how all of the Pistons ended up:

49: Greg Monroe

103: Rodney Stuckey

144: Tayshaun Prince

177. Brandon Knight

206. Jonas Jerebko

221. Corey Maggette

241. Jason Maxiell

244. Will Bynum

245. Austin Daye

262. Charlie Villanueva

277. Andre Drummond

303. Ben Wallace

407. Kyle Singler

441. Kim English

485. Khris Middleton

Unranked: Vyacheslav Kravtsov

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