ESPN is not the only outlet unveiling a ranking of NBA players right now. Although Greg Monroe‘s ranking isn’t yet known in ESPN’s rankings, he came in at No. 40 in the CBS Sports top 100. Matt Moore on Monroe:
2012 Stats: 15.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.3 spg, 0.7 bpg, .521 eFG%, 22.0 PER
Ranking: 42, 36, 51
Monroe has a better-than-decent chance of making the All-Star Game this season. He’s shown considerable development in his early seasons, and with a better Pistons club could be primed for a breakout, especially if rookieAndre Drummond can give Detroit a big man to pair with him. Monroe has a nifty lefty hook, a good combination of moves and terrific footwork. Defense is the real question mark with him, but even that showed signs last season.
The biggest plus is his consistency. He manages to make an impact in nearly every game, and even when he doesn’t contribute to the scoreboard, it’s usually the defense’s focus on him that’s opening things for the other players. The Pistons are Monroe’s team for the foreseeable future.
Monroe came in just one spot behind Bulls center Joakim Noah and he ranked ahead of players like Nene, David West and Al Jefferson. I think it’s safe to say the national media, after not paying much attention to his rookie season, is starting to realize how good Monroe is and what he’s capable of becoming.
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