Greg Monroe: NBA Draft Profile and Scouting Report
Greg Monroe, Georgetown -- 2010 NBA Draft Profile
Position: Power Forward / Center | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 240
Class: Sophomore | Age: 19 | Hometown: New Orleans
2009 Stats: 16.1 points | 9.6 rebounds | 3.8 assists | 1.5 blocks | 1.2 steals | Game Log
NBA Mock Draft Ranking: 7
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Greg Monroe Scouting Report
Strengths: The 6-11 Monroe is perhaps the most versatile player in this draft -- a pivot man who can do it all. Monroe is a wonderful passer out of both the block and from the post. The left-hander is comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter and can either blow by you and finish or convert from 16-feet with his smooth jump shot. He has a great attitude, and he isn't the mental risk that we've seen from young and volatile big men in years past. He is very adept at creating off the dribble -- uncommon for a big man -- and displays excellent quickness for his size. But you can't talk about Monroe without harping on his passing. Even more so than his scoring and rebounding, he is a stellar passer from all over the floor. Always looking for cutters and shooters, he understands what the defense is trying to do to him, and properly counters it with a good post move or correct pass.
Weaknesses: He needs to put on some weight to bang down low in the NBA, but he's only 19 years old, and it's safe to assume this will come in time. A crucial question mark with him revolves around mental toughness, more specifically: can he carry a team on his back? In his two years as a Hoya, Monroe never won an NCAA Tournament game and at times resisted the "take over" element his talent suggests. Offensively, despite his skill set, he spent two years in college completely bereft of a right hand. Even when the defense shades him to the right, Monroe counters back to his left, often resulting in turnovers (3.3 per game) or low percentage shot attempts from challenging spots on the floor. Furthermore, he is an average athlete at best so you have to wonder how much better he can really get.
Forecast: Monroe will be a real solid pro. While he lacks the upside of other big men, the bust factor of Cousins, Favors, and Davis doesn't come into play with Monroe. Ideally he'll get into a system that values his unique skill set and allows him to operate on the block, high post, and even the perimeter, as he did so well in college. Utah has been thrown out there and for good reason. With Carlos Boozer likely gone to free agency and a team that runs as many pick-and-rolls as the Jazz do, they'd be a good fit. Monroe is very useful off the screen because he can shoot with range and understands floor spacing so well. He should eventually be a plus starter in this league who will make everyone around him better, even if he never plays in an All-Star game.
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