Greg Monroe has proved to be a double-double machine with a very good skill set in his first couple of years in the league. But interesting moves have created a crowded frontcourt in Detroit, and it is likely he will be looking to utilize his talents elsewhere during the offseason. Monroe is still young and carries some risk as evidenced by his decrease in production, but would be a good addition to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Monroe has great size for a big man, and instantly made an impact in the league. He lacks ideal athleticism, but more than makes up for it with a great skill set. He has a variety of post-moves and is comfortable attacking the basket. He shoots a very good percentage and is an impressive rebounder. He also is a very underrated passer who can make plays from the post. He still has a lot of upside and can flourish in another offensive system that utilizes his skills.
Defensively, Monroe has a knack for causing turnovers. He has averaged over a steal a game since coming into the league, and is willing to play physical. He does need to improve on this end of the court, and not rely on other players to cover his mistakes. He won’t ever be the rim protector that the Lakers need, but can become a solid team player down the road.
The team will need another quality big man if they choose not to bring back Pau Gasol, and Monroe has a lot of similar qualities to offer. He is a young, skilled post-player who can give the team another option on the offensive side of the court. He needs a change of scenery so that his game can blossom, and Los Angeles would be a great spot for him. The Lakers should consider offering Monroe a contract as he can immediately help the team.