Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons deserves to be an All-Star this year, at least according to an article on bleacherreport.com earlier in the week. They listed him as one of the best centers in the East behind just Kevin Garnett, Anderson Varejao and Al Horford.
So when TCC got a chance to talk to the Pistons’ big man this week, we got his reaction. Monroe said that being an All-Star is “something I’d love to accomplish” and added that he’s “capable, but it’s a process.” The big man then stressed the importance of team success, saying that once that started all the individual accolades would fall into place.
Monroe is averaging 15.3 points and 9.1 rebounds this season, leading Detroit in both categories. Speaking about being a leader on the floor for a relatively young team he said that despite playing just 3 years in the league, he is trying to share what knowledge he has. “I try to give guys little kicks, try to make sure I’m a leader.”
One of the guys Monroe must be mentoring is rookie Andre Drummond. The rook has performed very well, averaging 7.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in just less than 20 minutes a game. Monroe was quick to praise his frontcourt partner saying he’s “being a big sponge” taking in a lot of information and “doing a great job of applying it.” This duo has the potential to be one of the better frontcourts in the league and they’re only 19 and 22 years old respectively.
It’s often hard to judge the character of a player in this league as tweets and comments can be taken out of context. Yet Monroe is a man of actions. His twitter account is quiet compared to many other players and he shows a respect to the basketball gods. When he was drafted he went to Denis Rodman and asked him was it ok to wear his notorious #10 jersey. When the Pistons retired Rodman’s jersey in 2011 Monroe again asked the legend his permission to wear the jersey. When asked was it a homage to Rodman the young man said he doesn’t “think anyone can replace that personality.” He could “never compare” to Rodman and just wants to “try to compete and win like he did.”
A healthy respect for his elders, encouragement for his juniors and lofty goals for himself; this guy is going places.