Another rookie shines ... in Detroit

The 2010 draft class has been a disappointment, apart from Wizards point guard John Wall, the topsy-turvy performances of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and the consistency of surprising second-round pick Landry Fields of the Knicks. But lately, the Pistons have been realizing improvement from former Georgetown big man Greg Monroe, the No. 7 pick who recently produced double-doubles in four consecutive games. In 11 games as a starter, the 6-foot-11 Monroe is averaging 9.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 60.6 percent. He was known as a passer in Georgetown's version of the Princeton offense, but he has been willing to take on more of a blue-collar role in Detroit as the Pistons have needed help in the pivot.