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My, my how quickly people changed their tune on Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe has played tough for two straight games and I (and everyone) hope it continues. I really have no analysis to add, other than Charlotte’s front line of Nazr Mohammed and Boris Diaw isn’t all that imposing, so another good game from Monroe shouldn’t be out of the question tonight.

Quite a far cry from when he received two DNP-CDs to start the season. Vince Ellis noticed that too, from the opening line of his story today:

Some observers were rushing to judgment on Pistons first-round pick Greg Monroe after he didn’t leave the bench for the first two games.

I do vaguely remember some observers rushing to judgment. Who were they again? Headline from Vince Ellis blog post from Oct. 28:

You have to wonder if Greg Monroe will measure up

To be fair, Vince was far from the only observer rushing to judgment. Caputo and Valenti acted the fools on the radio about it, and did so in a much more annoying and uniformed way.

But I think what everyone can agree on: if Monroe continues to play with the effort he showed against Boston and Atlanta, he’ll be starting a power forward very soon.

12 Comments

  • Nov 5, 20102:16 pm
    by nuetes

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    Will he be the starting PF ever? Has he played PF yet? Or is he strictly Ben Wallace’s backup now? I wish they would put Monroe and Wallace on the court at the same time. That would be the best front court they could offer right now. They need to get off of this hack-a-ben/minute restriction that Ben Wallace has and start putting their best players on the court if they want to win some games. Even if they plan on Monroe playing Center down the line, or envision that being his future position, there is no reason he can’t play PF now is there? He can’t be any worse defensively than CV and Daye. He’s shown the ability to chase down boards. Thats something the Pistons sorely need.

  • Nov 5, 20102:33 pm
    by Alan

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    I think its time for an adjustment at PF.  I recognize the starting PF will be a weakness all season-long and I fully expect a revolving door.  That said, Austin Daye has had his chance and its time to give an opportunity to another player.  Monroe, as stated in this article, has had two nice games.  I’m thrilled with his effort – good showings for a guy labeled as “low motor.”  I wouldn’t start him just yet because he’s the rookie and you don’t want to have to pull him and hurt his confidence.  I think Villanueva should get a crack.  Sidenote, I fully expect Villanueva to start shooting 2-12 in the starting role and Austin Daye to put up respectable 16 & 7 numbers off the bench.

  • Nov 5, 20102:47 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    @nuetes:

    Completely agree on the minute restriction with Wallace. Makes no sense. Play him 28-30 minutes a game. He’ll be fine. The team will maybe stop blowing leads with him on the court more too.

  • Nov 5, 20102:49 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    @Alan:

    Daye would be much better off the bench. Positions matter much less on second units. A lot of teams do funky things with their lineups when they go to the bench, and since Daye is a guy who really doesn’t fit any position perfectly, it would seem he’d be much more effective there.

  • Nov 5, 20104:01 pm
    by Alan

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    Whoever starts will draw the ire of the fanbase.  Whoever comes off the bench will be who we wish for.  Classic Detroit!

  • Nov 5, 20104:27 pm
    by nuetes

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    Well, when your options are both bad that would tend to be the case.

  • Nov 5, 20105:31 pm
    by Andrew

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    Patrick, Out here in Golden State us Dubs fans would have loved to have him at number 6, what’s everyone complaining about? Our pick Udoh hasn’t even played yet. What reasoning does Detroit have in keeping him on the bench at 0-5?

  • Nov 5, 20106:26 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    @Andrew:
    First of all, mad thanks to the Warriors for taking Udoh over Monroe. I liked Ekpe, but Monroe was a top six talent no question.
    The flap over Monroe has basically been this: the Pistons are always known for not playing young guys, and Monroe logged DNP-CDs in his first two games despite the fact that Detroit might have the weakest frontcourt in the league (case in point: Austin Daye starting at PF).
    So that, combined with Joe Dumars’ spotty record drafting players, caused all of the talk radio bozos and columnists in Michigan to start with the “Monroe is a bust” stuff after just two games.
    Then, of course, Monroe gets decent minutes in a couple of games and plays well and they are all exposed for being alarmists.

  • Nov 5, 20108:00 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    @patrick

    you need to quit dogging daye. He is doing exactly what the coach wants him to do. He is playing good defense although sometimes overmatched. He is boxing out on every play and rebounding ok, and he is moving to the perimeter on offense and looking to take the shot or make a move off the dribble. So far, the shots have not been falling but that will change. A little confidence is all he needs.

  • Nov 5, 20108:09 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    And like i have always said: Greg Monroe is going to be a fine complementary player for many years – a 14 point, 8 rebound, 4 assist player – as soon as next year when he is stronger and knows the league

  • Nov 5, 201010:03 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    @PCB:
    Wow. Gotta go line for line in this rebuttal.

    “you need to quit dogging daye”

    Saying he should play PF isn’t dogging.

    “He is boxing out on every play and rebounding ok”

    Seven boards per-36 and a total rebound rate that is just above Tracy McGrady isn’t what I’d define as ‘OK.’ He’s rebounding as you’d expect the lightest PF in the league and a guy who is a SG/SF would. If the best thing about his rebounding that I can say is, “Well … it’s better than Charlie Villanueva’s,” then you are not an “OK” rebounder.

    “he is moving to the perimeter on offense and looking to take the shot or make a move off the dribble”

    Both things he could do backing up the SF and PF positions from the bench, playing about the same number of minutes.

    “And like i have always said: Greg Monroe is going to be a fine complementary player for many years – a 14 point, 8 rebound, 4 assist player”

    14-8-4 isn’t a complimentary player. That’s borderline all-star numbers coming from a big man.

    The argument isn’t about Daye playing well or not playing well. He hasn’t played particularly well, but that’s irrelevant to my argument. Monroe has a better chance to excel starting at PF, playing next to Wallace and helping shore up their interior presence some. He’s also been a beast on the boards based on per-minute numbers. The Pistons get killed in rebounding, it would make sense to get their second best rebounder into the starting lineup.

    Daye would be more valuable using his versatility off the bench. He can back up the three and the four, play against crappier players on other teams’ second units he’d be getting comfortable in a role more like the one he’ll play during his NBA career as a hybrid forward, rather than a skinny dude being asked to go get pushed around every single game at a position he’s just not equipped to handle.

  • Nov 5, 201011:16 pm
    by nuetes

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    pcb
     
    i take offense to you calling monroe complimentary. only i can call him that.
     
    but i take it all back. i’ve flip flopped and i have no qualms about it. i’ve erased all unimportant preseason/summer league games from memory and only have his 3 professional NBA games in which to judge him from. the man can rebound. he can pass. he can dribble. he is big. he will average 10+ boards a game, and that’s what i was afraid he wouldn’t do. he showed zero evidence in the preseason and summer league that he was going to rebound at this rate. if he’s going to keep this up i don’t care if he scores ever. it would be nice, but i’m just happy we have a big man that is willing to do big man things – like rebound.
     
    the key now is to find another big man that doesn’t want to be a guard. this could be tricky. if we can get two big men that understand that it’s a guards job to shoot 3′s and a big man’s job to rebound and defend the rim then we’ll be in business. wait – why not just play monroe and ben at the same time? i have no idea.

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