Ranking the Toronto Raptors roster based on their current contracts

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No. 10: Greg Monroe

Season Win Shares: 0.6          Current cap-figure: $1.5 million

Greg Monroe was brought in for depth, behind a pair of bigs in Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas. Instead, he has been relied upon heavily due to various injuries.

In his latest stint with the Raptors, his fifth franchise in just his ninth year in the league, Monroe has flashed why the nickname, ‘Moose,’ is justified.

On the year, including a pair of starts, Monroe has accumulated 11.2 minutes per night, tallying five points and 4.1 rebounds.

With Valanciunas’ injury depleting the teams’ frontcourt depth further, Monroe has played in each of the last 14 games, with the highlight game coming December 19th against the Indiana Pacers. In the game, Monroe scored 10 of the teams’ first 13 points, on a 5-of-5 shooting mark.

The team went on to win the game by three points, thanks in large part to the early contributions from Monroe to combat the Pacers’ attack.

A hindrance to Monroe’s success with the franchise has been his juxtaposition of play style when compared to Nurse’s scheme. In his career, the big man has launched a mere 15 three-point attempts in eight-plus years, a roadblock to the spacing of the Raptors’ offense.

While not perfect, Monroe has saved the franchise from being forced to find reinforcements midseason, at a price tag of just over $2.1 million, Monroe provides solid value.

In their most recent stretch, the team likely would’ve been a disaster down low without his services. Consider Monroe money well spent.