Piston of the Week: Greg Monroe

Piston of the Week (3/25/2013 – 3/31/2013): Greg Monroe

11 points, 12.5 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block per game, while shooting 33 percent from the field.

It’s funny that, in a week in with a holiday featuring eggs, the Pistons would go out and lay two more eggs in a season filled with them.

Actually, it’s not funny because that’s been the story of this team for the last two months — play well early, lay an egg in the third quarter — and that was the case in both losses this week. Minnesota and Toronto combined to outscore the Pistons 76-31 in the third quarter, which, to put it bluntly, is just horrible.

There’s no one who’s really been great, either. This award has sort of become one that someone has to win. With that in mind, it does take something to still be productive while the walls are constantly crumbling around you, and the one guy who’s been able to do that this year is Greg Monroe.

He’s got his faults, and when things are going bad, those may be pointed out more, but he’s still consistently doing what he has to — it’s just there’s not really anyone else performing at a remotely consistent level.

It wasn’t a great week for Monroe — he shot just 8-for-24 from the field — but he still proved to be productive, albeit inefficient, on the offensive end. We’ve seen how bad this team can be without Andre Drummond or without Brandon Knight, but if you want to see bad, imagine this team without Monroe.

It’s been said here many times, there are some things that he does need to work on this summer, but the things he does do — score, create some offense for others, be a plus-rebounder — are still better than any alternative.

There are only nine games left in this nightmare of a season. Potentially, only two of those games are winnable (which I’m sure everyone guiltily loves), but that leaves nine games to see what the Monroe-Drummond duo looks like, and to see if Jose Calderon likes what he sees enough to return to Detroit this summer.

There may not be a lot of hope for the final stretch, but there’s a lot to play for, but a lot of that starts with Monroe playing well the rest of the way.

Past Winners

Tags: Andre Drummond Brandon Knight Greg Monroe Jose Calderon

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