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Greg Monroe

27-Year-Old       Boston Celtics

2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

9.6

REB

7.1

AST

2.0

STL

0.7

BLK

0.3

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Among swirling trade rumors – which have surrounded him for the past couple years in Milwaukee – Monroe accepted a bench role with the team last season, drawing no starts, but produced well in limited action. In his 22.5 minutes, Moose posted 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 ass...

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HT: 6' 11"   WT: 265 lbs   DOB: 6/4/1990  College: Georgetown   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #7 Overall in 2010   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Celtics in February of 2018.

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Monroe mustered five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals across 20 minutes in Thursday's 110-104 OT win in Washington.

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Greg Monroe NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 20 DET 80 27.8 9.4 7.5 1.3 1.2 0.6 0.0 55.1 62.2 1.0 3.1 4.4 0.0 0.0 3.8 6.9 1.8 2.9
2011-12 21 DET 66 31.5 15.4 9.7 2.3 1.3 0.7 0.0 52.1 73.9 2.4 3.6 6.0 0.0 0.0 6.2 11.8 3.0 4.1
2012-13 22 DET 81 33.2 16.0 9.6 3.5 1.3 0.7 0.0 48.6 68.9 2.9 2.9 6.7 0.0 0.0 6.3 13.1 3.3 4.8
2013-14 23 DET 82 32.8 15.2 9.3 2.1 1.1 0.6 0.0 49.7 65.7 2.0 3.1 6.1 0.0 0.0 6.1 12.4 2.9 4.5
2014-15 24 DET 69 31.0 15.9 10.2 2.1 1.1 0.5 0.0 49.6 75.0 2.2 3.3 6.9 0.0 0.0 6.1 12.4 3.7 4.9
2015-16 25 MIL 79 29.3 15.3 8.8 2.3 0.9 0.8 0.0 52.2 74.0 1.6 2.8 6.1 0.0 0.0 6.2 11.9 2.9 3.9
2016-17 26 MIL 81 22.5 11.7 6.6 2.3 1.1 0.5 0.0 53.3 74.1 1.7 2.1 4.5 0.0 0.0 4.8 9.0 2.2 3.0
2017-18 27 BOS 4 13.0 5.0 5.0 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.0 40.0 72.7 0.5 2.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 3.8 2.0 2.8
2017-18 27 MIL 5 15.8 6.8 5.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 48.5 50.0 1.2 1.2 3.8 0.0 0.0 3.2 6.6 0.4 0.8
2017-18 27 PHO 20 23.3 11.3 8.0 2.5 0.8 0.3 0.0 62.6 67.4 2.0 2.5 5.5 0.0 0.0 4.9 7.8 1.6 2.3
2017-18 27 BOS/MIL/PHO 29 20.6 9.6 7.1 2.0 0.7 0.3 0.0 58.6 67.2 1.7 2.2 4.9 0.0 0.0 4.1 7.0 1.4 2.1
Rest Of Season Projections 27 BOS 21 17.5 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Greg Monroe
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Greg Monroe NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 2 11.0 6.5 5.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 0.0 57.1 83.3 0.5 2.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 3.5 2.5 3.0
Last 14 Days 4 13.3 5.0 5.0 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.0 40.0 72.7 0.5 2.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 3.8 2.0 2.8
Last 30 Days 9 19.7 9.3 6.9 1.7 1.1 0.4 0.0 61.8 61.5 1.9 2.3 4.6 0.0 0.0 3.8 6.1 1.8 2.9
Last 5 Games 5 15.2 6.8 5.2 1.4 1.0 0.6 0.0 52.2 62.5 1.0 2.2 3.0 0.0 0.0 2.4 4.6 2.0 3.2
Last 10 Games 10 18.0 8.4 6.2 1.6 1.0 0.4 0.0 61.8 61.5 1.7 2.1 4.1 0.0 0.0 3.4 5.5 1.6 2.6
Last 20 Games 20 21.1 9.4 7.4 2.4 0.9 0.3 0.0 60.2 67.3 1.7 2.3 5.1 0.0 0.0 3.9 6.4 1.7 2.5

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Greg Monroe
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Feb 14 LAC 119-129 10 8 5 0 1 2 0 2 3 4 4 0 0 2 3 2
Feb 11 CLE 99-121 12 5 5 1 1 1 1 2 4 1 2 0 0 2 3 1
Feb 9 IND 91-97 11 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 0 2 2 1
Feb 8 @WAS 104-110 20 5 6 2 2 0 1 2 5 1 3 0 0 2 4 2
Feb 6 @TOR 111-91 Did Not Play
Feb 4 POR 97-96 Did Not Play
Feb 2 ATL 119-110 Did Not Play
Jan 29 @MEM 120-109 23 14 6 3 1 0 3 6 8 2 5 0 0 3 3 2
Jan 28 @HOU 113-102 16 8 2 2 2 0 1 3 4 2 4 0 0 1 1 1
Jan 26 NYK 85-107 26 7 10 1 0 0 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 2 8 1
Jan 24 @IND 116-101 29 16 17 1 1 1 3 7 11 2 3 0 0 5 12 3
Jan 22 @MIL 109-105 30 19 7 4 2 0 5 9 11 1 1 0 0 2 5 3
Jan 19 @DEN 100-108 Did Not Play
Jan 16 @POR 118-111 Did Not Play
Jan 14 IND 97-120 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jan 12 HOU 95-112 Did Not Play
Jan 7 OKC 114-100 Did Not Play
Jan 5 @SAS 103-89 Did Not Play
Jan 3 @DEN 134-111 35 16 10 4 0 0 2 7 12 2 2 0 0 4 6 4
Jan 2 ATL 104-103 Did Not Play
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Dec 31 PHI 110-123 Did Not Play
Dec 29 @SAC 101-111 Did Not Play
Dec 26 MEM 99-97 Did Not Play
Dec 23 MIN 106-115 Did Not Play
Dec 21 MEM 97-95 27 8 12 7 0 0 2 4 8 0 0 0 0 5 7 2
Dec 20 @LAC 108-95 Did Not Play
Dec 18 @DAL 91-97 Did Not Play
Dec 16 @MIN 106-108 Did Not Play
Dec 13 TOR 109-115 30 17 11 0 1 2 2 7 11 3 6 0 0 3 8 2
Dec 12 @SAC 99-92 Did Not Play
Dec 9 SAS 101-104 22 8 11 1 0 0 0 3 7 2 2 0 0 2 9 2
Dec 7 WAS 99-109 27 15 7 5 1 0 1 6 7 3 5 0 0 2 5 0
Dec 5 @TOR 126-113 26 11 10 3 3 0 3 3 4 5 6 0 0 0 10 3
Dec 4 @PHI 101-115 Did Not Play
Dec 2 @BOS 116-111 20 6 8 3 0 0 1 2 6 2 2 0 0 3 5 3
Nov 29 @DET 131-107 25 14 7 5 2 0 3 7 10 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Nov 28 @CHI 99-104 Did Not Play
Nov 26 @MIN 119-108 17 8 5 2 0 0 1 4 7 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Nov 24 NOP 91-115 12 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 3
Nov 22 MIL 107-113 32 22 15 1 0 1 4 8 15 6 6 0 0 8 7 3
Nov 19 CHI 113-105 21 10 6 4 0 1 2 5 7 0 2 0 0 0 6 3
Nov 17 @LAL 113-122 16 6 1 1 1 0 2 3 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Nov 16 HOU 116-142 26 20 11 1 2 1 0 10 14 0 0 0 0 3 8 2
Nov 13 LAL 93-100 Did Not Play
Nov 11 MIN 118-110 Did Not Play
Nov 10 ORL 112-128 Did Not Play
Nov 8 MIA 115-126 Did Not Play
Nov 6 BKN 92-98 Did Not Play
Nov 3 @DET 105-96 Did Not Play
Nov 1 @CHA 126-121 Did Not Play
Oct 31 OKC 91-110 Did Not Play
Oct 29 @ATL 106-117 Did Not Play
Oct 26 BOS 89-96 17 8 6 1 0 0 3 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Oct 23 CHA 103-94 20 8 7 3 0 0 0 4 9 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Oct 21 POR 113-110 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oct 20 CLE 97-116 18 8 6 0 0 0 3 4 8 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Oct 18 @BOS 100-108 17 10 6 1 0 0 0 4 5 2 4 0 0 1 5 3
Greg Monroe Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Greg Monroe – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#2 Center
Also Listed As:  #5 Power Forward

1.  Aron Baynes

2.  Greg Monroe

3.  Al Horford

4.  Daniel Theis

5.  Guerschon Yabusele

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True Shooting Percentage

60.7%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, Greg Monroe has a true shooting percentage of 60.7%.

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Greg Monroe NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 20 DET 80 36.0 12.2 9.7 1.7 1.5 0.7 0.0 55.1 62.2 1.3 4.0 5.7 0.0 0.0 4.9 8.9 2.3 3.8
2011-12 21 DET 66 36.0 17.6 11.0 2.6 1.4 0.8 0.0 52.1 73.9 2.8 4.1 6.9 0.0 0.0 7.0 13.5 3.5 4.7
2012-13 22 DET 81 36.0 17.4 10.4 3.8 1.4 0.7 0.0 48.6 68.9 3.1 3.2 7.2 0.1 0.0 6.9 14.2 3.6 5.3
2013-14 23 DET 82 36.0 16.7 10.2 2.3 1.2 0.6 0.0 49.7 65.7 2.2 3.4 6.7 0.0 0.0 6.7 13.6 3.2 4.9
2014-15 24 DET 69 36.0 18.5 11.9 2.4 1.3 0.6 0.0 49.6 75.0 2.5 3.9 8.0 0.0 0.0 7.1 14.4 4.2 5.7
2015-16 25 MIL 79 36.0 18.8 10.8 2.8 1.1 1.0 0.0 52.2 74.0 2.0 3.4 7.4 0.0 0.0 7.6 14.6 3.5 4.8
2016-17 26 MIL 81 36.0 18.8 10.5 3.7 1.8 0.8 0.0 53.3 74.1 2.8 3.3 7.2 0.1 0.0 7.6 14.3 3.5 4.7
2017-18 27 BOS 4 36.0 13.8 13.8 2.8 2.8 2.1 0.0 40.0 72.7 1.4 5.5 8.3 0.0 0.0 4.2 10.4 5.5 7.6
2017-18 27 MIL 5 36.0 15.5 11.4 2.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 48.5 50.0 2.7 2.7 8.7 0.0 0.0 7.3 15.0 0.9 1.8
2017-18 27 PHO 20 36.0 17.4 12.4 3.9 1.2 0.5 0.0 62.6 67.4 3.1 3.9 8.5 0.0 0.0 7.5 12.0 2.4 3.6
2017-18 27 BOS/MIL/PHO 29 36.0 16.9 12.4 3.6 1.2 0.5 0.0 58.6 67.2 2.9 3.9 8.5 0.0 0.0 7.2 12.3 2.5 3.7
Rest Of Season Projections 27 BOS 21 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Greg Monroe
2017-18 Projections 27 MIL 80 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Greg Monroe

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Greg Monroe NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 20 DET 80 2222 751 601 105 93 45 0 55.1 62.2 81 248 353 1 0.0 303 550 145 233
2011-12 21 DET 66 2082 1015 637 152 83 46 0 52.1 73.9 161 239 398 1 0.0 407 781 201 272
2012-13 22 DET 81 2687 1298 777 281 105 55 0 48.6 68.9 234 236 541 4 0.0 514 1058 270 392
2013-14 23 DET 82 2690 1249 760 171 91 47 0 49.7 65.7 166 256 504 1 0.0 504 1015 241 367
2014-15 24 DET 69 2137 1098 704 142 78 34 0 49.6 75.0 149 229 475 0 0.0 423 853 252 336
2015-16 25 MIL 79 2314 1210 696 178 72 67 0 52.2 74.0 129 218 478 1 0.0 491 941 228 308
2016-17 26 MIL 81 1823 951 532 187 92 38 0 53.3 74.1 140 167 365 4 0.0 387 726 177 239
2017-18 27 BOS 4 52 20 20 4 4 3 0 40.0 72.7 2 8 12 0 0.0 6 15 8 11
2017-18 27 MIL 5 79 34 25 5 0 0 0 48.5 50.0 6 6 19 0 0.0 16 33 2 4
2017-18 27 PHO 20 465 225 160 50 16 6 0 62.6 67.4 40 50 110 0 0.0 97 155 31 46
2017-18 27 BOS/MIL/PHO 29 596 279 205 59 20 9 0 58.6 67.2 48 64 141 0 0.0 119 203 41 61
Rest Of Season Projections 27 BOS 21 368 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Greg Monroe
2017-18 Projections 27 MIL 80 1912 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Greg Monroe

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Greg Monroe NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2010-11 20 DET 80 27.8 57.5 55.1 12.5 9.7 1.3 14.7
2011-12 21 DET 66 31.5 56.3 52.1 12.5 13.3 0.9 20.1
2012-13 22 DET 81 33.2 52.7 48.6 16.1 13.4 1.2 20.0
2013-14 23 DET 82 32.8 53.1 49.7 11.3 11.0 1.0 18.5
2014-15 24 DET 69 31.0 54.9 49.6 11.0 11.5 1.0 20.2
2015-16 25 MIL 79 29.3 56.2 52.2 12.9 9.3 1.4 19.8
2016-17 26 MIL 81 22.5 57.2 53.3 16.1 12.1 1.3 15.5
2017-18 27 BOS 4 13.0 50.4 40.0 15.5 7.7 2.0 9.3
2017-18 27 MIL 5 15.8 48.9 48.5 10.9 13.1 0.8 7.8
2017-18 27 PHO 20 23.3 64.2 62.6 18.9 15.1 1.3 17.2
2017-18 27 BOS/MIL/PHO 29 20.6 60.7 58.6 17.5 14.3 1.2 14.5
Rest Of Season Projections 27 BOS 21 17.5 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Greg Monroe
2017-18 Projections 27 MIL 80 23.9 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Greg Monroe

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Greg Monroe: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Monroe will be active for Thursday's contest against the Wizards, though coach Brad Stevens noted that he might not play, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.

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Monroe has officially signed with the Celtics and will be available to play in Thursday's game against the Wizards, Scott Souza of GateHouse Media reports.

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Monroe will fly to Washington, D.C. to join the Celtics ahead of Thursday's game against the Wizards, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reports. The Celtics are expected to officially announce Monroe's signing prior to the game.

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Monroe did not travel with the team to Toronto for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

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Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was unable to talk about Monroe upon meeting with the media prior to Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, indicating the big man officially remains unsigned, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

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Monroe will not be available for Friday's game against the Hawks, Jared Weiss of The Celtics Wire reports.

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Monroe will sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Celtics after being bought out by the Suns earlier in the week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

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Monroe and the Suns have agreed to a contract buyout, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

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Monroe is unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

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Monroe supplied 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 23 minutes during Monday's 120-109 loss to the Grizzlies.

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Monroe will start at center for Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic reports.

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Monroe will shift back to a bench role for Sunday's game against the Rockets, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic reports.

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2017-18

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2016-17

Milwaukee was a surprising landing spot for Monroe in free agency last summer, with the big man spurning other larger-market clubs to ink a three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks. The team signed Monroe with the hope that he’d end the organization’s revolving door at center, and while he largely produced as expected, he was a poor fit in the Bucks’ offensive system. The lack of stretch four types on the roster often resulted in crowding down low whenever Monroe was on the court, an issue that was all too familiar for him when he played next to Andre Drummond in Detroit. And despite possessing the stout body of a prototypical center, Monroe graded out as a poor defender and didn’t provide much of a rim-protecting presence, despite his 0.8 blocks per game being a career high. Those shortcomings notwithstanding, Monroe was a bully on the low block as usual, averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 boards per game, and a skilled passer for a center, with an average of 2.3 assists per game. Those numbers certainly give Monroe appeal to a number of teams and made him especially useful in the fantasy realm, but it doesn’t appear the Bucks are as bullish on ‘Moose.’ Though Monroe remains in line to open the season as the team’s starting center, he’s reportedly been shopped aggressively throughout the summer and seems likely to be traded at some point in 2016-17 so the Bucks can cash out on him before he (likely) declines his $17.8 million player option for 2017-18. Given his shaky standing with the Bucks, there’s reason to believe Monroe’s playing time will plunge further from last season’s 29.3 minutes per game, especially with backup centers Miles Plumlee and John Henson both signed to high-dollar, multi-year deals of their own. Monroe’s fantasy productivity may thus be more limited than normal when the season begins, but if he indeeds lands with a team where he’d presumably be a better fit, it might be worthwhile for fantasy owners to pursue him in a trade of their own.

2015-16

After spending five productive seasons with the Pistons, Monroe signed a three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks as a free agent this offseason. At only 25 years old, Monroe enters the Bucks organization as the oldest starter on the roster, and he'll immediately step in as the team's top interior scoring option. In 2014-15, Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds over 69 starts and 31 minutes per game, helping to energize an otherwise pedestrian Pistons offense. The knock against Monroe has always been his lack of a reliable jumpshot, particularly outside of the painted area. Former coach Stan Van Gundy remarked this summer that the Pistons never implored Monroe to develop an outside game, however, instead allowing the big man to operate around the basket, where he's most comfortable. With Andre Drummond no longer at his side, Monroe will be able to play his natural center spot, keeping him closer to the rim on both ends. Last season, he struggled to stick with rangier stretch fours like Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, whose versatility as jump-shooters challenged Monroe's mobility. The 6-11 Monroe improved to a career-best 75 percent from the free-throw line last season, and he's probably the best bet to lead the Bucks in free throw attempts. Monroe posted 35 double-doubles in 2014-15 - good for 12th in the NBA - and as the picture of durability in his role, he looks to be a valuable starting center option in a complementary system.

2014-15

Monroe's fourth campaign with the Pistons was nearly identical to his previous two years. The 24-year-old power forward was once again a double-double machine, ranking 16th in the NBA with 35 double-doubles. He finished 2013-14 with averages of 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in 32 minutes per game. Monroe also proved to be one of the most durable big men in the league, appearing in all 82 games, and he has now missed just three contests in four seasons. A skilled passing big man, Monroe saw his assists drop from a career-high mark of 3.5 helpers per game to 2.1 last season, as new teammates Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith were the primary facilitators on the squad. Monroe also struggled with inefficiency again, shooting 50 percent from the field and 66 percent from the line. While his field-goal percentage doesn't appear too low, he should be more efficient considering the majority of his shots come at the rim. On defense, Monroe is a solid source of steals (1.1), but his lack of athleticism and verticality doesn't lead to many blocked shots (0.6). Monroe was a restricted free agent this summer. Instead of working out a long-term deal, he has verbally committed to a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons. That means Monroe will be playing for a big payday next summer. The Pistons have done a good job upgrading their three-point shooting, and improved spacing should lead to more efficient numbers in the post for Monroe. Entering his fifth season, Monroe remains a nightly double-double threat, who holds value in most formats despite his struggles with inefficiency and defensive production.

2013-14

Monroe had a solid season in his 2012-13 campaign despite not living up to some of the hype of a potential breakout year. He averaged 16.0 points (49 percent from the field, 69 percent from the line), 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks in 33 minutes per game. The fact that Monroe did not break out completely last season left owners on a sour note, but it could mean that his inevitable breakout year is coming this season. Despite the addition of Josh Smith and the emergence of Andre Drummond crowding the frontcourt, Monroe still has the potential to showcase his best stuff due to his uncanny ability to pass and rack up assists as a big man, in addition to getting his hands dirty on the defensive end with steals. With new point guard Brandon Jennings at the helm of the offense, the Pistons may take a run-and-gun approach which would allow a skilled passing forward like Monroe to thrive with two athletic frontcourt mates in Smith and Drummond. Monroe will be just 23 years of age heading into his fourth season in the NBA, and his breakout season may come sooner than later.

2012-13

With a breakout season in 2011-12, Monroe solidified himself as the Pistons’ primary building block and one of the more intriguing young big men to target in fantasy. In just his second season in the NBA, the Georgetown product put together averages of 15.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals while showing effectiveness from both the floor (52.1) and charity stripe (73.9). He showed vast improvements in his offensive game during his sophomore season, taking and hitting mid-range jumpers with confidence while also being able to take most opposing big men to the rack and finish with a sweeping, left-handed baby hook. While athletic, Monroe isn’t a high-flyer and spends most of his time below the rim. This has resulted in an average of just 0.6 blocks per game through his first two seasons. As his defensive game develops, Monroe will start swatting away more shots, but he’ll never be an elite shot blocker like other big men. Instead, Monroe will rely on his ability to rack up good amounts of steals and assists – both of which are a rare treat from a center-eligible player. The Pistons will continue to give Monroe more of the load to shoulder, so his best days should be ahead of him. If you’re looking to go young in your fantasy frontcourt, you’ll be hard-pressed to find many up-and-coming big men more attractive than Monroe.

2011-12

Relegated to a reserve role for most of the first half of the season, Monroe initially struggled to find his footing in the NBA. He averaged 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 32 games off the bench. It wasn’t until Monroe was promoted to the starting lineup that he truly blossomed. In 48 starts, Monroe averaged 12.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks. The 21-year-old out of Georgetown turned into a double-double machine after the All-Star break, recording 14 in 25 post-break games. Monroe isn’t terribly athletic and often plays below the rim, so he might never be an elite rebounder or shot blocker, but he has active hands and has the ability to be one of the better thieves among pivots. Although his assist numbers (1.3) weren’t impressive during his rookie campaign, Monroe is also a quality passer for a big man and should post decent numbers in that category as his game matures. The Pistons are in full-blown rebuilding mode, and Monroe figures to be one of the team’s centerpieces. He’s among the better up-and-coming centers in fantasy and should be a nightly double-double threat for years to come.

2010-11

The Pistons selected Monroe with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 Draft. At 6-11, 247, the Georgetown product will provide the Pistons with much needed size in the frontcourt. Monroe’s scoring tools are still a bit raw and he lacks the explosiveness of many big men in today’s NBA, but he makes up for those weaknesses with a high basketball IQ, great passing ability, and an underrated ability to clean the glass. Monroe may not have a huge role with the team to start the year, but he could develop into a decent fantasy play by midseason.