A couple of the writers at Detroit Bad Boys are previewing each player on the Pistons leading up to the season and yesterday they got to our boy, Greg. They can best be described as cautiously optimistic (though Mike Payne is actually very optimistic), but some of the commenters are really down on the pick and on Greg's game. I thought this particular part of the preview was especially apt:
It's quite possible that Monroe ends up a better pro than he was a college player. Logically, some of his weaknesses should iron themselves out now that he's out of the Princeton offense, and no longer his team's primary option. Specifically, we should see a lower turnover rate, better shooting efficiency and a slight uptick in rebounding rate. At Georgetown, Monroe operated out of the high post, where rebounds are harder to come by. As the Hoyas primary scorer and distributor, forced shots and bad passes certainly serve to stink up your numbers. I'm not suggesting a major turnaround for Monroe, only to say that going from the 1st to the 3rd option on the floor might make him a more efficient player.
That seems pretty spot on to me. The pressure to be number one all the time will be removed so he'll be able to stick more to his sweet spot.
Also, a lot of the negative comments about Monroe stem from his lack of athleticism (somewhat true), lack of aggressive play (also, kind of true) and his lack of motor (decidedly not). I left a comment saying the questions about his motor were silly and that he was a hard worker who busted his ass in games, but I still don't really understand where this "lack of motor" talk comes from. That just bothers me for some reason.