This is the seventh installment of the NBA Breakout Ballers, a 10 part series spotlighting players that will make a significant leap in the 2015-2016 NBA season. Check out the latest feature on Victor Oladipo. Each player featured in this series are prime prospects to target in season long formats, as well as early season DFS lineups before their prices rise. Let’s get into it!
The ex-Detroit Pistons Center is going to be a highly sought for his services as he is geared to becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. With the belief that the Van Gundy system is profiled around Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe is seeking a short-term maximum deal with a team he can take to the next level. The Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trailblazers have all shown interest in the big man, who is reportedly set to visit each organization. Greg Monroe has the opportunity to become a cornerstone within the NBA who can put up a double-double on any given night. To his benefit has shown the versatility to play along side another dominant Center while still posting quality numbers.
At only 25 years old, Monroe averaged a double-double in this past season with 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. In 5 years in the Association, the Georgetown man has not averaged less than 15 points per game since his rookie season. The 6’ 11” Monroe is a proven rebounder and stat line producer despite being apart of a tandem with Drummond. While he has room to improve his defensive numbers, he is responsible for nearly a single block and swipe per game. One would expect those numbers to improve, as he will be asked to be the dominant force within the key for any new team. Monroe is a player who does his work around the rim. He is capable of shooting 50% from the field and numerous offensive rebounds throughout the game. In the past year his free throw shooting jumped from 65% in 2014 to 75% by the end of 2015. The boost in his game the past years reflect the value that he can provide within any organization.
The reliability within the facets of his overall game makes Greg Monroe a unique player who is set to have a breakout year. He is a young veteran in the league who is positioned to make major noise wherever he may land. The consistency and improvements that are made throughout his game establish high levels of credibility in the untapped potential that Monroe may reach. After his stint in Detroit, Monroe appears to be motivated to be the go to guy he was drafted to be. Watch for him to have a big year in a new city and system with any team who acquires him.
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