It’s kind of weird to think the Pistons best player, Greg Monroe, has been overshadowed in the teams offense by the likes of Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, and even Brandon Jennings.
The thing about it is that you can tell Monroe has improved on offense. He is still making strides at becoming a better mid-range shooter, while still being great down low and in the passing game.
Maybe it’s not the fit, that’s Monroe’s problem. The actual problem could be that he has become a passive player with all the new faces on the team. If that’s the case, then it would make a lot of sense to why he hasn’t really been a huge factor on offense.
Having veteran egos, like Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, along with having one of the leagues rising superstars in Andre Drummond, could certainly make one become a bit passive.
It’s neither a good thing or a bad thing for a player, like Monroe, to be passive. On one hand, you want him to be a team player. On the other hand, you want him to demand the ball and put the team in the best position to win. And with his talents, he does put the Pistons in the best position to win.
It could also be that too much was expected from Monroe. The thought was that he would jump out in front of everybody, making the Pistons team his team. While that hasn’t happened, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. The season is still very young.
Another thing to remember is that Monroe is only 23 years old. He still has a lot of room to grow and learn about the game, himself.