Do You Still Want to Trade Greg Monroe?


Ever since Greg Monroe arrived in Milwaukee, some Bucks fans have wanted to trade him.  The idea of a few draft picks, or perhaps a couple of role players was tantalizing.  With a little luck, the Bucks could draft a future star, or acquire veteran talent with a friendly contract to be the final piece in the championship puzzle so many front office executives have tried to solve.

Sadly, this is not a MyLeague file in NBA 2K17.  This is the real NBA.  It's unscripted with no attribute numbers to help you.  The real NBA is an ever-changing game, both in style of play and ability of players.  Greg Monroe is an example of a player who can change to fit a particular role or team.

The problem some fans had with Moose is that he was inconsistent and didn't play that great of defense.  He was a good scorer, but he didn't fix the rebounding problem that plagues the Milwaukee Bucks.  In the 2015-16 season, Monroe averaged 8.8 rebounds per game in 79 games.  He was the starting center for 67 of those games.  There are some small forwards with better numbers than that.  This season, Greg is averaging 6.9 rebounds per game in 44 games.  The main difference between this and last season is that Monroe hasn't started a single game.  He has been exclusively a bench player in an attempt to elevate the level of play that comes from the bench.  It seems to have worked for the most part.  

It is true that Monroe's points per game number have gone down.  It stands at 11.1, which is 4.2 less than last year.  However, this should not be looked at as a starting number anymore.  His minutes per game is at 21.3, down 8.0 minutes from last year.  While it's easy to get caught up in the stats, the eye test shouldn't be ignored.  

There was a stretch of 9 games where Greg Monroe scored over 10 points.  There were also three instances where he grabbed more than ten rebounds in that stretch.  In all of these nine games, Monroe was on the floor for more than 20 minutes.  He is coming off a 28 point, 9 rebound performance against the Philadelphia 76ers.  His defense has no doubt improved.  Both the advanced stats that are becoming so prevalent today and the eye tests agree.  His Defensive Box Plus/Minus (DPBM) is 1.5, up from a lowly 0.2 last season.  DPBM is an advanced statistic that estimates the defensive points per 100 possessions a player contributes.  Monroe is more consistent when his minutes are above his average of 21.3, which while a no-brainer, is a trend that should be analyzed by Coach Kidd.  

A team that struggles at the center position needs to hold on to a player like Monroe.  His scoring explosions can be a spark for the whole team, not just the bench.  The team should focus on allowing players like John Henson to leave.  Monroe is a player that can change, and clearly, has changed.  He has improved and is finding a role with this Milwaukee Bucks team.  It's because of this that the question can be answered.  

Do you still want to trade Greg Monroe?  

Absolutely not.

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