Monroe still has some major flaws in his game, mainly that he’s a below-the-rim player at an age (20) when he should be at or near his athletic peak. Too often he either gets blocked inside or has to change his shot to get it off because he didn’t explode high enough.
However, anytime a rookie pulls down 15 rebounds in a game (eight offensive), we have to take notice. And Monroe did just that against Minnesota, which is a top-10 team in defensive rebound rate. In general, he’s done well fighting for position next to the rim when shots go up. Oftentimes, he’s dead center in front of the rim, probably the best spot to be in on most shot attempts. If he continues this, his numbers will undoubtedly rise.
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