The Detroit Pistons lost one of the NBA's most frequent post-up players in the NBA when Greg Monroe decided to take his talents to Milwaukee. In Detroit Bad Boys' latest piece for the Detroit Free Press, I examine just how big of a loss Greg Monroe is, just how ill-equipped the Pistons are to replace his production, and how, in the end, it might not be necessary to have a true back-to-the-basket presence on the team.
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With no Monroe, where will the Pistons turn? Monroe was a high-volume post-up player, with 478 post-up possessions, according to NBA.com. In truth, he was far from elite, converting only 43.9% of his shots, ranking 19 among 30 players with at least 200 post-ups. This put Monroe at around the same efficiency level as Marcin Gortat, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins and Roy Hibbert. Unfortunately for Detroit, it also puts him light years ahead of Drummond.
Drummond might be one of the best pick-and-roll finishers in the NBA, but he finished dead last in shooting among the 30 players with at least 200 post-up attempts. Drummond hit a dreadful 38%, and his lack of post-up ability combined with Stan Van Gundy's insistence on force feeding Drummond down low was the main reason Drummond's overall field goal percentage plummeted from 62.3 percent two years ago to 51.4 percent last year.
It would be a mistake, however, to assume that any of the players Detroit added this offseason will help solve Detroit's post-up problem. Whereas Monroe had 478 post-up attempts, Ersan Ilyasova, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes combined for just 111 post-up attempts last season. Only Baynes converted at a higher rate than Monroe, hitting 55.3% in a paltry 48 attempts.
What say you, DBB? Are you afraid that the Pistons have lost their biggest safety valve for the moments in the game when the offense gets bogged down, or do you think Detroit will follow in the footsteps of teams such as the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans?
Now your thoughts.