Day 9: Greg “Moose” Monroe
History: Monroe played at Georgetown University where he won the Big East Rookie of the Year. He then went on to be selected with the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. On July 7, 2010, Monroe signed with the Pistons- where he still plays the Center/Forward position.
Strengths: As a multifaceted lefty big-man with the skill set of a guard, Monroe can score with a plethora of moves in the low post. He is also a willing passer and regularly expresses his knowledge of the game.
Weaknesses: Monroe has admitted to wanting to improve his defensive game- namely the block shot category where he averaged 0.7 bpg last season. For the success of Detroit he should be looking to at least double that this season. While we’re on the subject of general Pistons improvement, the equation of Andre Drummond and Monroe will prove very effective with Drummond in the post and Moose in the elbow. This leaves Monroe having to master his 18 ft jumper to correctly space the court.
What To Expect: I’m going to use this space to talk about some rumors surrounding Monroe. The Pistons have until the 31st of this month to sign Monroe to a five-year, maximum salary contract. The fact that they haven’t yet implies that Moose might be the next man to wind up in a trade. The Pistons will probably extend this kind of offer to Drummond instead. In my opinion, Monroe is a great asset to the team and definitely factors in the Pistons being a playoff team this season. He is young and has a lot of good, solid years ahead of him. He is a budding star that needs a great supporting cast…not to mention he is very graceful and professional for a young player.