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Greg Monroe slips from 6 to 14 in ESPN’s 25-under-25 rankings

ESPN’s David Thorpe and Kevin Pelton ranked the NBA’s top 25 players under the age of 25 using this criteria:

To be clear: This is a ranking of how we would order these players if we were starting a franchise and would have them for the next several years, not just this season.

In order to be eligible for this list, a player must be 24 years or younger as of today (born on or after Jan. 22, 1988).

Greg Monroe ranked 14th, which might be a spot too low but seems mostly fair:

Current: Monroe has a very good all-around game; he is a difference-maker on offense with his passing and on defense with his space eating and rebounding. If he finished shots better he would be a top-10 guy here. Monroe has improved greatly since college in playing with more energy and in banging around inside for buckets or to draw fouls. He is a franchise big man waiting for talented teammates to grow up and join him as elite players and playoff contenders. – Thorpe

Future: Monroe’s versatility confuses SCHOENE, which tabs Garnett among his comparables, but also perimeter players such as Grant Hill and Shawn Marion. His skilled offensive game should age well. To become an All-Star, Monroe must improve his defense. He’s not a great fit at either frontcourt position because he’s slow-footed on the perimeter and a weak shot blocker. Improved positioning can help compensate for those weaknesses. – Pelton

Unfortunately, Monroe ranked sixth last year, so it’s a bit disappointing to see him drop.

Monroe was the only Piston to make the list, but article teases two follow-ups: Highest Ceilings and Next 10. Andre Drummond should make both those lists.

13 Comments

  • Jan 22, 20132:58 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I really thought Monroe would have worked on his 15-18 foot jumper…i understand what they are saying about defense…he is just that one shot away from becomes a dominate offensive big man….

    I hope he works on it this summer…

    And Yes, Drummond is up next

    • Jan 22, 20133:56 pm
      by Crispus

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      Monroe could become an awesome LaMarcus Aldridge and make the whole offense better.

      • Jan 22, 20135:45 pm
        by apa8ren9

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        agreed, with his skill set if he is able to hit 2-3 jumpers a night, that is 2-3 less turnovers and more production.  That’s what gets you to the All-Star game and gets you a max contract.

  • Jan 22, 20133:01 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Since Drummond has emerged…

    We’ve moved into the top 10 of almost all defensive team stats
    9. Rebounds
    9.Blocks
    9. FG’s

    ect….

  • Jan 22, 20133:09 pm
    by tarsier

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    Drummond should be higher than Monroe. but it’s understandable that it takes a while for most people to catch on when he plays 20 mpg.

  • Jan 22, 20133:10 pm
    by mixmasta

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    Moose needs to improve on outside shot and post moves (ala Tim Duncan). Footwork is the key for Monroe to have this improved next year. All these while keeping his passing skills.
     
    Can’t wait to have AnD1 and Monroe both on this list.

  • Jan 22, 20133:21 pm
    by MNM

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    some nights he shows up on the offensive side, but then the next night he can just as easily be invisible.. Yeah hes getting double-doubles lately, but he barely gets in double digits in the scoring colum much of the time..He can easily be out-muscled on either end of the floor because of lack of athletic ability..but “a difference maker” on defense? I must be missing something and I highly doubt Thorpe is watching many Pistons games.

  • Jan 22, 20134:21 pm
    by vic

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     from http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1227757&sid=14f7959c4adbb57f03c9edb0e70b4194:

    midseason stats show that we need a pg.

    good onesPistons is 9th in Opponent Field Goal Percentage, %43.9Pistons is 2nd in Opponent 3-Point Field Goal Percentage, %32.7Pistons is 7th in 3-Point Field Goal Percentage, %37.6Pistons is 9th in Opponent Points Per Game, 96.1Pistons is 9th in Rebounds Per Game, 43.6Pistons is 6th in Opponent Assists Per Game, 20.7Pistons is 9th in Blocks Per Game, 5.7bad ones Pistons is 21th in Opponent Offensive Rebounds Per Game, 11.7Pistons is 23th in Assists Per Game, 20.4Pistons is 22th in Opponent Steals Per Game, 8.3Pistons is 21th in Opponent Blocks Per Game, 5.7Pistons is 24th in Turnovers Per Game, 15.4Pistons is 28th in Assists Per Turnover, 1.33 

    • Jan 22, 20134:27 pm
      by tarsier

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      Cleveland is last in the league in AST/TO and they have on e of the league’s best PGs. Yeah, he missed some time. But he has played in three quarters of their games. So he has typically been available.

  • Jan 22, 20134:28 pm
    by Bugsygod

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    Monroe was 7th last year. 
    Interesting to see the people that have jumped ahead of him – s. curry, harden, kyrie, ibaka, b. lopez, faried, holiday.   I dont agree w/ faried, holiday, lopez, curry ahead of him.  Im sure Drummond will be top 5 in Ceiling and no.1 on the next 10. 

    • Jan 22, 20134:56 pm
      by Crispus

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      I agree with Curry and Faried. Faried plays so assertive and intense that it gives the whole team more energy (a less refined Rodman?). Curry apparently is a near-superstar when he’s healthy.

  • Jan 22, 20134:40 pm
    by Bugsygod

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    Hey Dan, looking at the cleveland/grizz trade today.  They said that the grizz traded a protected 1st rd pick to cleveland, after they have already traded a protected pick to the Rockets(battier trade).  So they have two protected 1st picks traded and wont know when the picks are conveyed until the season ends and records show.    In a article a week or so ago, you said that the Pistons could not include a 1st rd pick in a trade because they traded a protected pick to the Bobcats.  Can you clarify this because it seems the grizz just did what you said the Pistons could not do.  Thanks!

  • Jan 22, 20134:50 pm
    by Bugsygod

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    http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8869659/nba-winners-losers-cleveland-cavaliers-mephis-grizzlies-trade

    “Now Cleveland has added another first-rounder to the treasure chest, although figuring when Memphis will actually convey the pick is tricky. Because the Grizzlies already traded a lottery-protected pick to Houston in the Shane Battier trade (it now belongs to Phoenix), the Cavaliers only get the pick this year if Memphis somehow misses the playoffs. (It’s also top-five protected just in case the Grizzlies win the lottery, which is slightly more likely than winning your local state lottery.) Teams can’t trade future picks in consecutive years, so if Memphis makes the playoffs, the earliest Cleveland will see the pick is 2015, at which point it’s top-five protected.”

    I think we can still trade a 1st pick, if necessary.

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