Monroe 'hot,' Smoove 'not' in jumbo lineup (Oct 17 12:00 ET )
Greg Monroe scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assist, one steal and one block as Stan Van Gundy rolled out his jumbo starting lineup including Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond on Friday against the Magic.
Greg Monroe played well in the Pistons' jumbo frontcourt on Wednesday, notching 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.
The Scoop:The Pistons dominated the Hornets in rebounding, with a 58-36 advantage, but that won't persuade coach Stan Van Gundy to keep both Monroe and Josh Smith in the starting lineup. Monroe's poor FT shooting is offset by solid scoring, rebounding and steals, with occasional blocks, and he's a reasonable target after the middle rounds.
The Scoop:All three started on Wednesday and they fared well, with Smith notching 14 points at the SF position that flummoxed him last year, but it's little more than preseason experimentation. "We need to have the flexibility of using that lineup, being comfortable in that lineup," said Van Gundy. "We need to look at some different defensive schemes and things." Whether Smith starts or comes off the bench on opening night, he projects as a late-round fantasy value.
The Scoop:Coach Stan Van Gundy said he'll play his oversized frontcourt together for about 6-9 minutes per half, as he continues to experiment with different looks during the preseason. It's unclear whether Smith or Monroe will start at the PF spot on opening night, but it seems very likely that one of them will be coming off the bench.
Greg Monroe double-doubled with 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Wizards on Sunday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs in the loss.
The Scoop:Monroe chipped in two steals and one block, which is a good sign since a lack of defensive stats have capped his fantasy upside. He and Andre Drummond looked like an unstoppable frontcourt duo with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Caron Butler spreading the court on the wings, but it's just one preseason game and coach Stan Van Gundy has yet to name his starting PF. One thing we know is that Monroe won't start the first two games of the season, as he'll be serving a DUI-related suspension.