Toronto Raptors: Grades from the Greg Monroe signing

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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 31: Greg Monroe #55 of the Boston Celtics is guarded by Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Toronto Raptors during a game at TD Garden on March 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

What he offers

If Greg Monroe was born 10 years earlier, the later years of his career likely would have worked out far better. Monroe is a traditional back-to-the-basket center who has tremendous skill on the low-block.

Last season Monroe averaged .94 points per possession on post-ups, ranking him in 69th percentile among qualified players.

He also has the ability to work out of both the elbow and short corner. He has range out to about 15-ish feet although not much more than that.

Monroe is an excellent passer for a traditional center. Last season for Boston, Monroe averaged more than twice as many assists per game as Jonas Valanciunas did for the Raptors.

Defensively, Monroe leaves a lot to be desired. He is smart and works hard, however his physical limitations prevent him from even approaching mediocre. Ground-bound to the point you question if he is secretly playing with ankle weights, Monroe doesn’t move his feet very well on the perimeter or provide any type of rim-protection.

Last year when Monroe was on the court, the Celtics allowed 108 points per 100 possessions, 6.5 greater than their average as a team.

To put that in perspective, as a whole the Boston Celtics were the best defense in the league. When Monroe was on the court they were worse the Orlando Magic. 

Playing Monroe is a balancing act, deciding whether the good on offense outweighs the bad on the other end.

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