Greg Monroe slips from 6 to 14 in ESPN’s 25-under-25 rankings

ESPN’s David Thorpe and Kevin Pelton ranked the NBA’s top 25 players under the age of 25 using this criteria:

To be clear: This is a ranking of how we would order these players if we were starting a franchise and would have them for the next several years, not just this season.

In order to be eligible for this list, a player must be 24 years or younger as of today (born on or after Jan. 22, 1988).

Greg Monroe ranked 14th, which might be a spot too low but seems mostly fair:

Current: Monroe has a very good all-around game; he is a difference-maker on offense with his passing and on defense with his space eating and rebounding. If he finished shots better he would be a top-10 guy here. Monroe has improved greatly since college in playing with more energy and in banging around inside for buckets or to draw fouls. He is a franchise big man waiting for talented teammates to grow up and join him as elite players and playoff contenders. – Thorpe

Future: Monroe’s versatility confuses SCHOENE, which tabs Garnett among his comparables, but also perimeter players such as Grant Hill and Shawn Marion. His skilled offensive game should age well. To become an All-Star, Monroe must improve his defense. He’s not a great fit at either frontcourt position because he’s slow-footed on the perimeter and a weak shot blocker. Improved positioning can help compensate for those weaknesses. – Pelton

Unfortunately, Monroe ranked sixth last year, so it’s a bit disappointing to see him drop.

Monroe was the only Piston to make the list, but article teases two follow-ups: Highest Ceilings and Next 10. Andre Drummond should make both those lists.

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