John Hollinger: Greg Monroe is one of the league’s most underrated players


John Hollinger of ESPN.com previewed the Detroit Pistons this week, and in this video segment, discusses why Greg Monroe is one of the league’s most underrated players.

Here’s Hollinger’s light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel overview of the Pistons:

Meanwhile, the roster still looks overloaded with combo forwards and shoot-first point guards who pound the shot clock into oblivion. It’s glaringly lacking in terms of shooting without Gordon, and now looks very iffy depth-wise in the backcourt.

The good news it that Detroit has a genuinely good building block in Monroe, and that the two huge seven-footers the Pistons added should allow him to play more at power forward and spare him some of the physical mismatches that gave him trouble as a center.

Hollinger also discusses the merits of the Pistons essentially replacing Vernon Macklin with Slava Kravtsov:

I didn’t agree with the decision to let Macklin walk, as he had a fairly positive rookie season for a late-second round pick. But the interest in Kravstov is understandable. He comes from a low-level European league but posted good numbers there and his size is an obvious asset. The Pistons didn’t have a true center a year ago, but between Kravstov and Drummond, they now have two seven-footers to help protect Monroe inside.

 

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