We’ve obviously got a guy in Andre Drummond who has a chance to be a megastar in this league just like when we got Dwight here. But we’ve also got Greg Monroe, who’s probably a top-10 big guy in this league who’s also very young. So you’ve got two guys under 25 at 6-10 in a league that doesn’t have very many big guys. We’ve got great talent.
I’m relative high on Monroe, but even I think that is way too generous. Here are 13 big men unquestionably better than Monroe:
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Chris Bosh
- Anthony Davis
- Andre Drummond
- Tim Duncan
- Blake Griffin
- Dwight Howard
- Serge Ibaka
- Al Jefferson
- Kevin Love
- Joakim Noah
- Dirk Nowitzki
And that’s before even getting into the debatable cases (or other locks I missed in a rush to get 10+).
But that’s not really the point. On the record, Van Gundy expressed his affinity for Monroe – and that should clear up at least a little of yesterday’s confusion.
It’s still possible this is a smokescreen or Van Gundy likes Monroe only as a center (i.e., not with Drummond).
However, it sounds most likely Van Gundy shares my view: Monroe is a great asset both due to his own ability/potential and the scarcity of big men in the NBA. I’m not convinced the Pistons must build around Monroe and Drummond forever, but letting Monroe walk in free agency or selling low in a trade would be a mistake.
Monroe is extremely valuable to the Pistons, either as a player on the team or a trade later.