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There were some serious questions about Greg Monroe after a December in which he shot 44.9%, the lowest one month shooting percentage of his young career.
Through the first 33 games of the season, The Moose posted some questionable numbers.
The raw stats aren't too bad, but look at the rebounding rate: per 36, he was averaging slightly less than 9 rebounds a game. The true shooting percentage left a lot to be desired. For a guy who's efficiency was .575 and .563 in his first two seasons, this was a huge step backwards for Monroe. There's also the turnover issue: 3.1 turnovers a game.
Then 2012 mercifully ended for Greg Monroe, and people got to remember why we're salivating over a Monroe/Drummond frontcourt. Greg's appeared in 21 games in 2013 and there's a lot to like:
The turnovers remain an issue (2.9 per game, so a slightly but not significantly better assist-to-turnover ratio), but there's some significant improvements in rebound rates and assists. Not only that, but Greg's jumper seems to be coming along. He's 9-19 from 10+ feet so far.
These are all small sample sizes, but the fact that Greg is trending in the right direction, and putting up All-Star level numbers over a 20+ game period is something every Piston fan should be excited about.