- Greg Monroe - Which is a better option at centre; the 6'11 finesse player who doesn't like the contact, or the 6'7 muscle man who isn't afraid of it, yet who just doesn't have the size for the position? (Note: I was talking about Jason Maxiell, not Ben Wallace.)
Monroe doesn't exactly add the rugged physical play that a frontcourt featuring Chuck Newhouse and Chris Wilcox could use. But he's good, which was always more important. I have no problem with the unconventional way that he plays, but for it to really work, he'll have to add a jumpshot. And I have much more confidence in his ability to do this than I do in his ability to start playing primarily on the interior on offense.
Pick 7: Needing front court help, and thankfully knowing it, the Pistons draft Greg Monroe out of Georgetown. Which might mean that Bumpy Jonas isn't starting at power forward next year.
Monroe isn't a freshman like Sexual Favors or Sexual Cousins; he's a junior who almost went back for more. He doesn't have their production either; Monroe is an average rebounder for someone of his physical tools, does not like to post up, can't do it particularly well when he does (unwilling and unable to use his right hand), doesn't take it strong to the rim, and is without much of a jumpshot. And while his assist numbers are extremely high, so are the turnover numbers. He's good, though.
Monroe's face-up athletic driving and passing game in a 6'11 frame offends purists, but it's fine in the modern NBA. To succeed, though, he'll have to develop the complimentary jumpshot. And if he does this, he'd best not fall in love with it. Monroe's career arc could go one of two ways; he could be the next Lamar Odom, or the next Troy Murphy. The Odom route is likely, and the Murphy route is unwise. He also has to develop a right hand, which the other two did not do. As of right now, Monroe does not have one either. At all.
(Don't pick me up on the dodgy wording in the phrasing there. You get the idea. Monroe can't make shots with his right, and he avoids trying to do so accordingly. It won't help.)
In his interview with Mark Jones, Greg Monroe has no eyes.
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