Monroe has been quietly putting together one of the strongest starts to the calender year of any rookie not named Blake. While his season averages are still low at 6.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, Monroe is averaging 11.8 points and nine rebounds per game over the eight games the Pistons have played in January. He’s shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor while averaging an impressive 2.3 steals over his last eight games. For a guy who started his rookie campaign with two DNP-CDs, Monroe has come a long way and the 20-year-old is looking pretty savvy out there among the vets.
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