With Joe Johnson of the Hawks injured and out of the All-Star Game, the door was slightly nudged open again for Greg Monroe to maybe possibly get some consideration for the spot, although the league ultimately (and fairly) picked Rajon Rondo to fill the opening.
Zack Lowe of Sports Illustrated included Monroe, however, among his potential candidates for the open spot:
Monroe is having a splendid season and has already emerged as one of the league’s great big-man passers. But his struggles on defense are much more pronounced than (Ryan) Anderson’s, in part because Monroe has no Dwight Howard on whom to to lean. Detroit games are filled with breakdowns, miscommunication and flat-footed big men trying to contain guards. Monroe, for all his brilliance, has been among the guilty parties.
Lowe actually wrote that last line about flat-footedness before last night’s performance against the Raptors, when Monroe had another bad defensive showing. I certainly believe Monroe has a credible case to contend for an All-Star spot, and I’ve written ad nauseum about my belief that the team really should’ve built a campaign for him (because really, what else are you going to do?), but after watching that Raptors game last night, I’m a little less passionate about making the case than I was yesterday. Gotta work on that D.
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