Greg Monroe took advantage of a San Antonio Spurs team without Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan, as the center helped lead the Detroit Pistons to a big home victory and posted yet another huge fantasy basketball performance.
Monroe was dominant inside, scoring 26 points on 9-16 shooting and was a monster on the glass with 16 rebounds. The combination of Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter simply couldn’t contain the Detroit big man. The San Antonio duo went to the line 10 times and combined for just nine rebounds, which was seven less than Monroe himself.
The burgeoning star played 40 minutes and was plus-13 for the game. The absence of rookie big man Andre Drummond has seemed to open up space on the boards for Monroe, who recorded his fifth straight double-double as Drummond has been limited for most of February. Drummond will miss another four-to-six weeks, and it looks as though Monroe may see a little boost in value because of it.
In his third year in the league, Monroe has slightly improved on his breakout campaign last year with higher scoring, defensive rebounding and assist numbers. He has gone down a bit in offensive rebounds, but he was able to grab five offensive boards Friday night. He is in the top-10 in scoring and rebounds among centers and ranks third in assists.
After struggling a bit in December, Monroe fell just short of averaging a double-double in January with 17.2 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game for the month. So far in February, he is averaging 18.5 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 2.5 steals and two blocks per. He has stepped up his game as of late and will look to close out the season strong for the Pistons and fantasy owners after the All-Star Break.