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  1. #1
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    Aug 2010

    Could Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond be NBA's best young post duo since 1976?

    From MLive-

    The addition of free agents Josh Smith and Josh Harrellson gave the Detroit Pistons one of the most talented frontcourts in the NBA.

    Few will dispute that.

    Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Harrellson give the Pistons such a formidable group of big men that calls the foursome the second-best frontcourt in the NBA behind Miami's LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Chris Andersen and Shane Battier.

    But when it comes to Monroe and Drummond, goes even further and suggests they have the potential to be the best young post duo of all-time.

    Potential, of course, is the key word.

    Writer Justin Kubatko took a look at all the young post duos since the NBA merged with the ABA in 1976 he defines young as age 23 or under and he said Drummond and Monroe are already in the top 20 based on their performance last season.

    Kubatko based his ratings on the harmonic mean of each player's win share. (Sounds complicated, eh?)

    "In Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Detroit Pistons have two of the best young post players in the NBA," Kubatko wrote. "Monroe, 23, and Drummond, 20, enter their second season in the league together with high expectations based on their play during the 2012-13 season. That inspired a question: Are Monroe and Drummond the best young post combination in recent history?"

    Kubatko said the combined win shares for Monroe and Drummond last season was 10.4, which would put them well within the top 20.

    Monroe averaged 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his third NBA season while Drummond averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebound and 0.5 assists as a rookie while missing 22 games with a back injury.

    "That performance puts them in the top 20 despite the fact that Monroe slipped a bit after two solid seasons and Drummond missed 22 games and averaged just 20.7 minutes per game," Kubatko wrote. "If Monroe can bounce back to the level he reached his first two seasons and Drummond can increase his minutes with little or no loss in effectiveness, then Detroit's dynamic duo has a chance to vault to the top of this list."

    Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson of the 1992-93 Charlotte Hornets ranked No. 1 on Kubatko's list with combined win shares of 17.8.

    They were followed by Kenneth Faried and Kosta Koufos of the 2012-13 Denver Nuggets; Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan of the 2011-12 Los Angeles Clippers; Jeff Ruland and former Pistons Bad Boy Rick Mahorn of the 1981-82 Washington Bullets; and Jack Sikma and Lonnie Shelton of the 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics.

    As for having the second-best frontcourt in the NBA, well that's again all based on potential.

    But here's some of what writer Bradford Doolittle said when ranking Detroit No. 2.

    "Many were taken aback by our (well, my) ranking of Houston's backcourt the other day as the league's best projected group," Doolittle wrote. "And I suspect that many will also doubt this ranking of the Pistons. But I'm telling you, folks, the Detroit front line is flat-out loaded when it comes to pure talent.

    "That said, there are legit basketball reasons to doubt this lofty forecast. Drummond, Monroe and Smith -- individually -- can all play, and I've gone on record about buying into Drummond as this season's breakout star. But how does it all fit? There were plenty of questions about how Drummond and Monroe fit last season, but it was unclear how much of that was due to any lack of complementary skills, and how much was due to a lack of faith in the pairing by former coach Lawrence Frank.

    "Now that Smith is in the mix, the talent level is off the charts. But for this to work at an optimum level, someone is going to have to knock down some jump shots. Among the others, Harrellson isn't much above replacement level, but simply pops up as the top projection among an uncertain mix of talent that includes Kyle Singler, Jonas Jerebko,Charlie Villanueva, Tony Mitchell and Gigi Datome."

  2. #2
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    Nov 2008
    I think they could be up there, if both live up to their potential then they should be a formidable duo for yrs. in the NBA.
    With the deepest of regrets I am announcing that I will be leaving Pro Sports Daily. No reason in particular but wanted to thank everyone for a great 6 years here. Lots of great discussion and good poll series as well. Also fun re-drafts. Best of luck to you all in the future.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2011
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    I find this article bs because Monroe & Drummond have hardly played with each other at the same time.

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