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Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix picks Greg Monroe as his most improved player

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

Detroit’s Monroe has led his team in scoring and rebounding 16 times this season; the five guys who have done that more are All-Stars. He’s an offensive rebounding machine whose scoring has jumped by 6.1 points since last season. Pekovic was a human foul in his first season before emerging as a steady player this year. Anderson, the new prototype “stretch four,” made the most of his contract season.

I’m really happy to see this. There are plenty of good candidates for this award, and Monroe is one of them. But I really don’t want to see a repeat of last year when media/award voters paid no attention to Detroit and completely missed on Monroe in all of the rookie awards voting.


  • Apr 23, 20124:55 pm
    by brgulker


    I’m glad to see Monroe get some attention, but really, his improvement in overall production isn’t as dramatic as some are making it sound right now. He’s definitely improved, but the main thing is he’s getting more minutes and more looks. 

    Hibbert would probably be my choice.

    • Apr 23, 20125:04 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Well, Hibbert has the benefit of playing on a team with players who know how to make a basic entry pass into the post though too. Monroe can’t make that same claim.

    • Apr 23, 20125:31 pm
      by tarsier


      I’d probably say Bynum. His growth from last season to this is much more significant than Hibbert’s, especially in his demonstration of his ability to carry a team sans Kobe. But going from less than all-star to guaranteed all-NBA 2nd team (probably with quite a few 1st team votes) is huge.

  • Apr 23, 20125:14 pm
    by tarsier


    The fact that last year the media voted that Gary Neal was better than Monroe should be his strongest argument to winning the award.

  • Apr 23, 201210:13 pm
    by Desolation Row


    I’d say Rodney Stuckey. Last season, during the offseason, and even on opening night, he really sucked. At everything. From posting pedicures on his Twitter to participating in a practice boycott in protest of his coach, the guy was just off the wall.

    He really turned things around, proved detractors wrong, and became a leader on this team. Without his turnaround, the Pistons would be exactly where they were at the first game of this season. That’s how much better he’s gotten. He at least has to be the Comeback Player of the Year.

    • Apr 24, 20126:10 am
      by tarsier


      His high level play was only for half of the season. At other times, when it is believed he was injured, he played worse than previous seasons. If that is good enough to merit serious consideration, then Lin has it in the bag.

  • Apr 24, 20122:24 am
    by MrCarter


    My vote still goes to Andrew Bynum

  • Apr 24, 20128:01 am
    by MrBlockedShot


    Despite those bad games since the all-star break my vote goes for Monroe. Would be a boost for him…Bynum is a real contender for it but I imho it’s easier to improve when you have the likes of Kobe and Pau surrounding you. Unfortunatelly Monroe is doing all his improvements on his own.

    • Apr 24, 20125:28 pm
      by tarsier


      His games after the all-star break were not that bad on the whole, he just stopped improving. Also, how does having good teammates make it easier to improve? Is that even a thing? I’ve never heard of the good team/bad team argument for MIP except in the context of “oh, his numbers just went up because he went to a bad team.” Furthermore, does it matter how easy it is to improve? This is just about who improved the most, not who had to put in the most effort to do so.

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