This offseason, Greg Monroe caused quite a reaction when he chose to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks instead of the Los Angeles Lakers. A player choosing a small market over the grandeur of the Lakers is something no one in the basketball world is very used to seeing.
Even though it’s a worthwhile story that he chose the Bucks over the flash of L.A., and that he was a sought after free agent due to the Lakers’ desperation to sign a new big man, the talent that Monroe possesses isn’t always acknowledged. He may not be the best defender after players shot slightly higher than normal against him last season, yet he’s a tenacious rebounder and versatile scorer.
Plus, as a member of the Bucks, who ranked 2nd in defensive efficiency, Monroe should fit in just fine to give their offense a reliable low-post option.
Despite a slight decrease in his playing time to 31 minutes per game, Monroe is coming off his best season in the NBA after averaging career highs in rebounding (11.9) and points (18.5) per 36 minutes. He’s aggressive when attacking the basket, finds good position when moving off the ball, and is definitely capable as a go-to option in the post.
Efficiency is an issue at times, as 61.3 percent finishing inside three feet isn’t the strongest mark for a 6’11” big man. However, in Milwaukee, where he can forget about the offensive issues that Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith created in Detroit, Monroe may be able to operate even more effectively with a big role in the team’s offense.
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