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Lucky Number 7
by Ian Shapiro
Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo. Add Greg Monroe to your list of Georgetown centers to be drafted into the National Basketball Association.
Monroe, who has had a solid colligate career, is now a member of our Detroit Pistons. Joe Dumars hit a home run in selecting Monroe. He gets the most developed center in the draft, and a guy who will be a franchise big man for years to come. In the next year or two, Ben Wallace will be gone and Greg Monroe will start his career which will be filled with great years.
Even though Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins, and Ekpe Udoh were gone, the Pistons got the best big man. Favors is talented but young, and played on a team that had an easier schedule compared to the hard fought Big East that Monroe endured. Cousins was a man amongst boys in college, but because of his temper tantrums and maturity issues he is a liability. As a number 5 pick, you want a guy to be mature and ready to carry your team for years to come. Ekpe Udoh is a solid defender, but Monroe has a better all around game and is more offensively polished.
With the addition of Monroe, the Pistons now have two players, including Rodney Stuckey, to build upon. With all the big names in free agency this summer, the Pistons unfortunately are at a disadvantage. They went after the two big names last year in Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, who haven’t panned out like we thought so far. With an increased salary cap the Pistons have been rumored to be looking to move Rip or Tayshaun Prince to clear up space. If we were to move Rip or Tayshaun to clear up cap, that would mean that next year we would still be rebuilding, but in a good position as a franchise. You need a big man (Monroe) and a guard (Stuckey) to win in this league and they have that in place. Add Jason Maxiell as a good big man, and Austin Daye, you have youth that with Gordon and Villanueva’s veteran leadership can turn around this franchise quickly. The Pistons are lucky that Monroe fell to them, he was lucky number 7.