Many have argued at the inappropriately low amount of respect Greg Monroe seems to receive from media outside of Detroit. Well, cheer up folks. Rob Mahoney of excellent Mavs TrueHoop Network blog The Two Man Game participated in yesterday’s ESPN 5-on-5 roundtable and he stumped for Monroe. Twice even!
4. Which player not in the #NBArank top 100 deserves it most?
Rob Mahoney, The Two Man Game: Greg Monroe. There’s always danger in projecting value based on late-season performance, but Monroe appeared to turn a legitimate corner with the introduction of the 2011 calendar year. He’s a smart, skilled player with a long career ahead of him, and he should already be listed among the league’s top 100 players based on his rookie-year exploits.
5. Which player not in the top 100 will eventually rise the highest?
Rob Mahoney, The Two Man Game: Again, I turn to Greg Monroe. He has all the makings of a franchise center and should impact the game in numerous ways for the Pistons for the next decade-plus. Monroe — who currently sits at No. 132 — is a considerable talent, and though his ceiling isn’t quite as high as, say, DeMarcus Cousins, he’ll settle comfortably into a role as a career-long difference-maker playing the most valuable position in basketball.
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