"I just know he's playing really well -- very consistent and not just in games," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I don't remember him having a bad day out here. He's just been really, really good. I think he's playing great basketball."
Van Gundy added Monroe is also getting the job done on defense.
"He's focused," Van Gundy said. "He concentrates well and does his job. He doesn't make many mistakes. I like guys like that defensively. He doesn't miss rotations."
"It'll be different every game in the preseason," Van Gundy said. "Seriously, it was random as much as anything. We knew the 10 we wanted to play today. But it was pretty random."
Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Caron Butler, Jodie Meeks and Brandon Jennings were named the starters for Tuesday's preseason game.
"It's no disrespect to the people working here but it was just tough for me to agree to another four years with new people," he told the Detroit News. "Honestly, if you were to ask the average person would they do that in the arena they're in, they'd say no."
Monroe made certain to explain that his decision was not a slam against the city or fans.
"When talking about leaving Detroit, it was the team specifically," he said. "I have no problem with the city, or the fans or the people. I don't have a problem with anyone here. I've been received with open arms. People have always shown me love. Fans, they've stuck with us through hard times."
Monroe has been one of the bright lights in a sea of darkness. He has averaged 15-16 points and 9-10 rebounds per game in each of the last three seasons.
Monroe was a restricted free agent this offseason who found a lukewarm market awaiting his services. Monroe reportedly wanted out of Detroit, but was unable to find a long-term deal to his liking. Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and the Pistons risk losing him for nothing, because any team acquiring Monroe via trade this season would lose his Bird rights.
Monroe's numbers took a bit of a hit last season, as the Pistons' frontcourt grew more crowded. He still averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 82 contests.
There's no word about whether the Pistons would be interested in a Monroe-for-Hibbert spot, but they are pretty well set in the middle with Andre Drummond in the starting lineup. It's a rumor that seemingly has very little chance of coming to fruition.
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