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Piston of the Week: Greg Monroe

Piston of the Week (2/24/2013 – 3/2/2013): Greg Monroe

19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 58 percent from the field.

There’s not a lot to say about Greg Monroe at this point. He’s by far the Pistons’ best overall player and outside Jose Calderon and occasionally Brandon Knight, he’s playing on a team devoid of consistent, quality talent on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Maybe his biggest strength throughout a second straight exhaustingly disappointing season has been his consistency. He’s always solid, if not spectacular. He does have those nights where he wows you — though, they’re quiet, still — and others where he puts together a workman-like effort that goes relatively unnoticed.

Part of the reason those wows are quiet and workman-like nights go unnoticed is because, more often than not, they’re coming in losses. That’s not a Greg Monroe problem; it’s a Detroit Pistons problem. There are a lot of good things about his game, but there are definitely some things — specifically, defending the post and rotating on defense — that he struggles with and needs to improve on.

The Pistons played three horrible games this week, and the only guy you could count on in those three games to make an impact was Monroe. He had his struggles defensively against Al Horford and the Hawks, but he’s the only constant that this team has given Calderon’s sieve-like tendencies on defense.

Being the only constant makes you an easy target, something I’m sure Monroe has found to be true in his three seasons in Detroit. The team hasn’t been successful, which obviously the overriding goal, but he has been — that’s worth something. Maybe he’s not a future star, the big cheese on a title contender, but maybe he doesn’t have to be that guy.

All of that is yet to be seen, but in the meantime, even through all of the blown leads and blow outs, the Pistons at least have one constant to fall back on in Monroe.

That’s something, isn’t it?

Past Winners


  • Mar 4, 20139:35 am
    by tarsier


    I’ve been amazed by all the Monroe bashing comments lately. There are very few guys in the league I would flip him for.

    • Mar 4, 201311:04 am
      by MIKEYDE248


      I  agree with you on the bashing, never understood it.  He has been the one constant good thing on the the team the last 3 years.  He started the year a little slow, but has been a beast most of the last month or so.

      Imagine if he had another couple of good players around him that could open him up to be even better.  Right now most teams are throwing everyone at him and he’s still playing this good.

  • Mar 4, 201310:13 am
    by Mark


    Monroe called out someone on twitter last night. Not sure who he was referring to, but he wasn’t happy with their maturity. (someone on the team I assume, or maybe the whole team).

     Greg Monroe ?@M10OSE
    Some ppl just need to grow up. Im tired of this nonsense. 

    • Mar 4, 201310:17 am
      by Mark


      Like I’ve long said in response to the fans who want to tank forever. If they don’t start winning, the guys you’ve already tanked to get, like Monroe, are going to get fed up with losing and leave in FA like all the other great players around the league do. 

      Pistons need to start winning if they want to keep these guys longterm. I honestly couldn’t blame Monroe if he wanted to leave this mess.

      • Mar 4, 201310:29 am
        by tarsier


        It’ll be quite a while before Monroe can leave in free agency. He’ll be an RFA. I guess he could take the QO. But even that would leave him a Piston through 2015. I don’t think anyone still wants to be tanking then.

        In fact, I don’t think any Pistons fans want them to be bad even next season. Between another lottery pick (maybe Oladipo) and a ton of cap space, there would be no reason not to vastly improve the roster. 

        • Mar 4, 201311:05 am
          by Mark


          The pro-tank fans say the same thing every year. “Just get 1 more top pick and then we can start winning”. They said the same thing last year, and the year before. And I don’t doubt that if we get off to a bad start again next year, that they will be looking towards the draft again wanting to tank just 1 more year. 

          Monroe may not be an UFA, but that wouldn’t stop him from demanding a trade if he were really unhappy, like other high lotto pick franchise type players have done recently. 

          idk, I just think if the Pistons don’t do something drastic this offseason to put together a winning team for next year, things are going to get ugly as these players become fed up. 

          • Mar 4, 201312:06 pm
            by tarsier

            The difference next year is that the Pistons will have had an opportunity to sign a big time FA, and, to successfully tank, they will need to get a top 8 pick, not just a lottery pick.

            But it’s true that if Joe decides to not use his cap space and just wait until the following summer, I will probably be singing the same tune next season. But that will be the end of it. Because then Monroe is due for a raise, and the pick would only be top 1 protected. So another year of tanking would produce no dividends.

            For what it’s worth, I was hoping the Pistons would make the playoffs this year. It wasn’t until that became insanely implausible that I started rooting for the Pistons to lose and get the best pick possible.

            Personally, I’m hoping the Pistons sign Millsap this offseason, re-sign Calderon at $5-6M/yr, draft Oladipo, hire a new coach, and save significant cap room for in-season dealing. If they also decide they need another wing, ignore Mayo. He’s not worth $7+M/yr. Get some role player for under $2M/yr.

    • Mar 4, 20133:08 pm
      by G


      My guess – Stuckey. It’d be nice to trade him, but I’m not sure who’d take him right now. He’s a waste of space most nights.

  • Mar 4, 201311:47 am
    by Jacob


    I say you play to win the game, but also play young guys more. Whatever happens, happens. I say this year it doesn’t matter when we pick because Burke will be there. He’s a great point gaurd.

    • Mar 4, 201312:59 pm
      by tarsier


      Obviously, that is the case for the coach. And the players should always be playing to win. But from the management perspective, it can be worth sacrificing the present for the future or vice versa.

      And from the fan’s perspective, sometimes you’re rooting for a win and sometimes for a loss. 

    • Mar 4, 20138:01 pm
      by tarsier


      Teams to root for tonight:

      Cleveland (1.5 games behind)
      New Orleans (1 game behind)
      Minnesota (0 games behind)
      Toronto (1 game ahead)

      It’s looking like a tight race for those ping pong combinations. 

      • Mar 4, 20139:33 pm
        by tarsier


        damnit cleveland, you had such a big lead

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