On Thursday, Stan Van Gundy was officially introduced as the Detroit Pistons’ new president and head coach.
Many think he will try to trade power forward Greg Monroe and put shooters around center Andre Drummond, much like he did with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. However, Van Gundy continues to praise Monroe, even calling him a top-10 big man.
According to Anthony French of The Detroit Free Press, Van Gundy thinks Monroe has “great, great value” and the two will soon have a sit down conversation.
“I value Greg highly,” Van Gundy said. “I think he’s one of the elite big men in the league. I think he’s got a very high skill level. He can pass the ball, he can score in the low post and I want them to know that, that I value him highly.”
Van Gundy said he talked with Falk about starting the process with Monroe by sitting down face-to-face and “talking about how he sees himself, how he sees our organization, and giving me a chance to talk to him about my vision for what goes on and how I think we can create a system that will fully maximize his abilities, and then we will go from there.”
Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.