Greg Monroe Needs To Exceed At Power Forward For Detroit Pistons To Have Success

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

As the Detroit Pistons continue to prepare for the NBA season, one of many key questions that will persist well into the season is whether or not Greg Monroe can consistently produce at the power forward spot.

The Pistons want Andre Drummond to settle in at center and they want Monroe to forget about that spot and instead focus on being one of the best power forwards in the NBA. That’s not as easy as it sounds.

Monroe tried a combination with Drummond with a certain degree of success. The Pistons are committed to having both players getting a lot of playing time and performing well together. If they deliver a solid one-two punch, the Pistons will flourish.

He’s coming off two solid seasons and the Pistons need that to continue. They also need for Monroe and Drummond to both have outstanding seasons. They can’t have one without the other if they expect to have success as a team.

Monroe is coming off an exceptional third season as a pro. He averaged 33.2 minutes, 16.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while starting 81 contests. He shot 48.6 percent from the floor and 58.9 percent from the free throw line. His shooting percent from the floor can go up if Monroe focuses more on his post moves.

The Pistons need the Drummond-Monroe combination to click every game. These are two players that were invited to the Team USA Basketball tryouts because of their outstanding abilities, and they hope to come together in a major way. If that happens, this will definitely be a playoff team.

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  • Chris Wyman

    Yeah……. about playing Power forward……… he’s not a power forward he’s a center.

  • Yuggy

    G. Monroe and Drummond WILL NOT play together much. Not that I think its a big deal when they do, Monroe is more skilled than most PF’s passing and off the dribble.

    At Drummond size, mass, and level of development, he’ll be lucky to get 28 mpg. That leaves 20 mpg, or 65% of Monroes minutes at Center. Even if no other big plays, the most minutes Monroe and Drummond will see together is 12-15 mpg.

    Pistons signed Datome and got rid of Krastov. Clearly Dumars projects Smith to PF in the rotations, regardless where Smith starts. And there are 35 mpg waiting for Smith at PF.. unless you want Jerebko or CV instead (???)