Greg Monroe Hurting Detroit Pistons With His Mediocre Free-Throw Shooting

By John Raffel
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Greg Monroe is similar to his Detroit Pistons teammate Andre Drummond in many ways. They both attack the basketball with passion and usually come away with productive success for their NBA team.

But Monroe is starting to look more like Drummond when it comes to his struggles at the free-throw line. The Pistons lost 111-106 to the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night despite a solid 42 minutes from Monroe who was 13-of-22 from the floor and totaled 28 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. But shooting 2-of-7 from the line doesn’t quite cut it.

The Pistons were 17-of-27 from the line for the night. The Pelicans were 26-of-32 from the line. That stat says a lot on why the Pistons lost this game.

After the team’s first 22 games of this season, Monroe was shooting 50.4 percent from the floor which is commendable. His free-throw shooting was 66.3 percent which is typical for so many big men in the league. But it’s still unacceptable considering players like Monroe are likely to have their hands on the ball in the late going, will draw plenty of fouls and will have to rescue their team.

His career free-throw shooting percentage is 68.4, so Monroe has shown he’s not getting much better in his career from the foul-line.

His scoring and rebounding is around the same pace as previous seasons. Unfortunately so is his free-throw shooting percentage. It’s obviously a stat that needs to go up. If it does, Monroe will likely improve his team’s chances for making the playoffs this season. If he keeps throwing up bricks then the Pistons will have to make up for it another way.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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