The former Celtics’ player Greg Monroe has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Toronto Raptors, which prompts many to question what his role will be in this new Raptors roster.
Monroe is a nine-year veteran who played as a starter with the Pistons in his first five seasons. Later, he moved to Milwaukee where he started to come off the bench, and last season he played for three different teams Bucks, Suns and finished with the Celtics. But despite his constant changes throughout the previous season, he averaged 10.3 points per game and 6.9 rebounds.
The 28-year-old veteran is a player who absolutely knows how to play in the high post. He is a good rebounder and a game facilitator with great passing skills out of the post. Besides, he is far from being a remarkable defender. However, as you might have already guessed, he is a big man from the old era. Monroe lacks athleticism, and he has never attempted a three-point shot in his career.
It's difficult to understand why the Raptors decided to add Monroe to their roster when they already have two talented big men playing in the starting lineup, Jonas Valanciunas, and Serge Ibaka. Something that is already hard to see in the new NBA perimeter-oriented style of playing. Monroe will be the Lithuanian's back up, probably playing ten to fifteen minutes per game.
Nevertheless, the former Pistons' center is a low-risk acquisition, which might bring some valuable rewards to the new Raptors. Monroe is a tough guy that will bring experience to the team and could definitely help during tight games, although the Celtics didn’t share this view keeping him in the bench during the last playoffs. If he scores the ten points per game that he has averaged as a substitute player, is more than enough to help his new team. Even though Monroe may not be as talented as Valanciunas and Ibaka, he is a player who won’t get in foul troubles, and he brings new offensive weapons to the Toronto team.
The new Canadian team's reinforcement raises doubts on how the new coach Nick Nurse plans to play next season, although it is very likely for Toronto to keep playing with two big men on the court after adding Monroe to the roster.