When a new coach takes over the Detroit Pistons, among his first duties will be to make sure Greg Monroe is performing at 100 percent every contest and smiling from ear-to-ear when the game has ended.
Obviously that’s easier said than done, but Monroe has displayed greatness in his first three years as a Piston. That said, he has also displayed weakness. The new skipper needs to expose that greatness and keep the weakness under a rug somewhere.
Lawrence Frank tried the Andre Drummond-Monroe experiment with Monroe going to the forward spot. It seems like the move has potential and there will be continued pressure for the new coach to make this combination work. When that is accomplished, the hope is that it will be a major piece in making the Pistons an NBA contender again.
Monroe did have impressive numbers this past season. He averaged 16.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 68.9 percent from the free-throw line. But, he did average close to three turnovers a game, a stat that needs to come down.
Two years ago, as a rookie, he had started 48 of the 80 games he appeared in and averaged 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 assist per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the floor. In the past two seasons, Monroe has played in 147 games for the Pistons, starting in all of them and missing only one that was not on the schedule.
After three seasons. Monroe has proven a lot, but he needs to do more next year.