The 10 Greatest Pistons in history, ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

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#8: Greg Monroe (PER 19.7) 

I bet this is a name you weren’t expecting to see. Monroe was a player who was probably in the wrong era, as he’s the type of big man that would have dominated in the 80’s and 90’s but was flushed out of the league after he couldn’t adapt to the changing nature of the center position. 

Monroe was a skilled big, but never had any range on his shot and wasn’t quick enough to switch on the perimeter, which made him a target for a league that was rapidly entering the 3-point pace-and-space era.

Monroe averaged 14.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game with the Pistons and will mostly be remembered as part of the doomed Big Three that included Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, a trio that punctuated the end of the traditional big man era in the NBA.

Moose Monroe was a good player, but unfortunately the league passed him by and the Detroit Pistons weren’t able to put him in a position to succeed.