The irony in Milwaukee Bucks fans deriding Greg Monroe for his play last season is that Monroe actually had one of his finer career seasons in his first year with the Bucks.
Monroe set career-highs in points per 36 minutes and blocks per 36 minutes, and recorded his best field goal percentage in a single season since 2011-12. Player Efficiency Rating has 2015-16 as Monroe’s second-best season, and wins added has it as his most productive.
So what specifically was he good at? Pretty much exactly what he was expected to be good at. Monroe is a skilled post-up scorer, and he uses his bulky body to get where he wants to on most centers, especially the smaller ones.
Monroe’s interior presence was a huge reason the Milwaukee Bucks were able to stop the then 24-0 Golden State Warriors last season. Even against a skilled defender as Andrew Bogut is, the Moose looked dominant in that game.
In addition to interior scoring, Monroe is a skilled passer who averaged 2.3 assists per game last season. He can also shoot the ball a bit–he made 44.6 percent of his shots from 3-10 feet and 42.9 percent of them from 10-16 feet, both fine numbers for a traditional center.
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