Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 9:45 am  |  16 responses

Greg Monroe Preparing to Play Power Forward Next Season

Greg Monroe is one of the best young talents in the NBA. With averages of 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds last season, the Detroit Pistons big man is poised for a breakout ’12-’13 campaign. But with the addition of centers Andre Drummond and Slava Kravtsov, Monroe—who has mostly played center during his two-year career—is prepared to play considerable minutes at power forward next year. More details, via NBA.com: “No one knows for sure when Andre Drummond and Slava Kravtsov will earn the trust of Lawrence Frank and push their way into the Pistons’ rotation. But the Pistons are preparing for any contingency, which means Greg Monroe’s summer – which he enthusiastically calls ‘a very productive summer for me’ – has been at least partially devoted to preparing to play power forward in case the two 7-footers lock up available minutes at center. ‘They basically said I need to be prepared to play power forward,’ Monroe told me after a lengthy workout Monday at the team’s practice facility. ‘They’re looking for at least one of those guys to be ready, so I’ve started to prepare myself to be ready to play the four. We’ve been working on stuff to have me in those positions.’ Monroe feels the transition would be relatively seamless, especially on the offensive end.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I wouldn’t be suprised to see his numbers jump to 18-20 ppg and 11-12 rpg. Love his game and his leadership. Him + Drummond have scary good potential. If Drummond pans out they’ll be one of the best PF-C combos in the league.

  • Brahsef

    I feel he would thrive at the PF position. Especially with his passing ability

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Should have been on the Olympic Team or hopefully future teams if other power forwards keep getting hurt.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Yea, I always thought he’d be better at the PF anyways. And I agree with Wayno, Monroe + Drummond could be scary. Team Drumroe.. lol

  • Bawse

    Man I need DRUMMOND to actually come and play. I am tired of these big man projects who never are good or just okay but your still left wanting more ( YES ROY HIBBERT I AM TALKING ABOUT YOU!! YOU WHO COULD NOT DOMINATE A HEAT FRONT LINE LED BY JOEL ANTHONY!!!)

  • R32

    Wasn’t he playing PF for the Pistons anyways? Never thought of him as a C.

  • http://slamonline.com Wayno

    Nah, he was playing center for the most part.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Are you TIRED?
    You NEED something from an NBA franchise?
    YOU NEED to calm yo a$$ down.
    They don’t give a f*ck about you.

  • Ray

    I’d rather be on a full-ride at Georgetown than a millionaire in Detroit

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Good. With his coordination, hands, and shooting ability, it’s his natural position.

  • RickWitIt

    who’s longer Drummond or Monroe? I thought only Monroe was 7 Feet

  • russian guy

    Monroe is 6’10 and Drummond 7’0

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^I wonder where this person is from and what sex they are?

  • Basketball_iQ

    Nice combo… At least they gonna bang. Now they need the rest of the az team. A 1, 2, & a 3.

  • greg

    the ukranian kid will prolly start he is a beast in there!

  • Bobitto

    I’m not the only one who thinks this move is long overdue am I? Al Horford is another big man who should be playing the 4 spot as well.