With just two names to go, the Pistons’ second-highest ranked player in the #NBArank countdown is the guy many (seemingly) want traded, ASAP.
That’d be Greg Monroe, of course.
Monroe comes in ranked at No. 42, but the most interesting part of that ranking is who he beats out. It’s not like Indiana’s David West (44), Denver’s Kenneth Faried (47) or Atlanta’s Paul Millsap (50) are way better/worse than Monroe, but it’s interesting to see Monroe get the nod over them.
Sometimes it feels like his successes are lost in the shuffle. There are a lot of good big men around, and Monroe isn’t even the most talked about good big man on his own team. Those three have been to the playoffs, they’ve put up numbers. Not that Monroe couldn’t do that if he was in position, but he’s never played a really meaningful NBA game.
Either way, Monroe has earned his ranking; even if it’s only seven spots higher than last season’s 49.
One could debate the ranking of Monroe and the guy ahead of him, Brooklyn’s Kevin Garnett, too. Garnett’s still awesome, and he’s still an uber-productive player when he’s not falling apart due to old age. It’s just, well, Monroe has cooked Garnett and his Celtics over the past two seasons (20 points, 12 boards a night in six games).
It’s yet to be seen how Monroe will improve this season. If he comes into the regular season with a semi-reliable 15-footer and some improved defensive mechanics, that’s more than solid. Chances are that could be all he’ll need to finally be able to showcase his skills in the postseason.
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