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Pistons trade-value rankings No. 2: Greg Monroe

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Why Greg Monroe ranks No. 2

Greg Monroe is the Pistons’ best player. He’s gotten better each season, and he’s seemed to be on the verge of an All-Star berth since last year. He’s only 22 and has plenty of room to get better, especially defensively.

Monroe is the type of hard-working, self-motivated and no-nonsense players most teams would love to begin a rebuild with.

So why does he rank only No. 2?

Monroe will be eligible to sign a contract extension this summer, and judging by his closest peer – Roy Hibbert – Monroe is more likely than not to get a max contract. How valuable will Monroe remain at that price? If I were the Pistons, I’d be willing to pay him max money, but I’d do it knowing there’s a real risk Monroe becomes overpaid.

5 Comments

  • Feb 21, 20132:53 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    if Greg comes back next year with a legit 15-17 footer…he is an All-Star no doubt…his scoring goes from 16-17 to 20plus ppg ….and he then gets less turnovers…and young 20 and 10 players are worth max deals…

    • Feb 21, 20133:03 pm
      by I LOVE FRANK

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      You did say if…..

  • Feb 21, 20134:10 pm
    by Shawn

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    I think we are making the mistake of evaluating these players on this terrible team.  If Drummond and Monroe played together and if we had consistant perimeter shooting it would open up so much for him.  Now, for me, this explains why he is not a max player.  However, if he is surrounded by talent and continues at his current pace, I doubt any one will ask that question when we get the right players surrounding him.

  • Feb 21, 20136:39 pm
    by Mrshourite

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    A few years from now we will all be talking about Greg is overpaid. He is not a max player, anytime you have to factor in “IF” then we are truly speculating. He may develop into a MAX player but right now he isn’t there. 

  • Feb 22, 20131:19 pm
    by Otis

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    I would NEVER give him a max contract if I didn’t see a considerable amount of evidence that he and Drummond can play together and be effective for long stretches. I think this team is headed for yet another blunder in a long string of blunders by overcommitting to him before you have the FOGGIEST idea what a Monroe-Drummond frontcourt looks like.

    Trading him and getting a lot of value would be very easy right now. Once you’ve committed to five years at around $14 million per? I’m not particularly confident. The worst case scenario is to extend him and then figure out that he and Drummond don’t complement each other, and then you’re in serious danger of having to unload him for a song.

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