Believe it or not, there are other topics related to Pistons power forward Greg Monroe to write about besides free agency and a signed qualifying offer.
Okay, not many topics…
Greg Monroe is often credited for his offensive creativity, passing ability out of the post, and rebounding. It’s his defensive game that is often criticized.
Monroe finished tied for 73rd last season with .57 blocks per game. While Andre Drummond had the 13th best efficiency rating in the league, Monroe finished 23rd among power forwards. His defensive rating was one of the lowest amongst Central Division.
Overall as a team, the Pistons finished 26th in defensive efficiency.
Despite those struggles, nobody can deny that Monroe had one of the best defensive plays in the NBA during 2013-14 regular season.
Monroe’s block of Bobcat forward Cody Zeller was named the fifth best block of last season by the NBA.
There is no doubt that the Zeller’s ego is still feeling the rejection dished out by the palm of Monroe.
Fellow interior teammates Andre Drummond and Josh Smith finished in the top 15 in blocks per game last season. It makes you ponder whether the Pistons can shore up their interior defense next season with all the right changes coaching wise on the defensive end.
Having Josh Smith at power forward off the bench should help, as should the continued improvement from Drummond, who continues to grow his game on both ends of the floor.
It’s still nice to see Greg Monroe noticed for something that has nothing to do with his current free agency situation with the Pistons.
Over his first four years in the league, Monroe has averaged just over a half a block per game.
Here’s to hoping he make plays like this next season it what most likely looks to be a contract year.