Monroe with the Pistons in January 2014
|No. 14 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
June 4, 1990 |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||Helen Cox (Harvey, Louisiana)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Gregory Keith Monroe Jr. (born June 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In his freshman season at Georgetown University, Monroe was named Big East Rookie of the Year. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2010 NBA draft with the seventh overall pick and became the last Pistons player to wear the #10 jersey, after the Pistons retired the number for Dennis Rodman at halftime of a game against the Chicago Bulls on April 1, 2011.
High school career
Monroe attended Helen Cox High School in Harvey, Louisiana. As a senior in 2007–08, he was named a McDonald's All-American and earned Parade All-America first team honors after averaging 21.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.
In his freshman season at Georgetown, Monroe was named the Big East Rookie of the Year and earned Big East All-Rookie team and CBSSports.com NCAA Freshman All-American first team honors. In 31 games, he averaged 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game.
In his sophomore season, Monroe was named to the All-Big East first team, Big East All-Tournament team, USBWA All-District II team, NABC Division I All-District 5 first team, AP NCAA All-America third team and NABC Division I All-America third team. In 34 games, he averaged 16.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks in 34.2 minutes per game.
On April 17, 2010, Monroe declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility.
Detroit Pistons (2010–2015)
Monroe made his NBA regular season debut on October 30, 2010 against the Chicago Bulls. He came off the bench to score 2 points and 3 rebounds in 7 minutes. After coming off the bench for the first month of the season, Monroe made his first career start on December 10, 2010 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In this game, Monroe recorded eight points, fifteen rebounds, and a block in 35 minutes of action. Despite a slow start to the season, Monroe's production increased in 2011 as he became a solid scorer and rebounder for the rebuilding Pistons. On February 23, 2011, against the Indiana Pacers, Monroe had his best game of the season with 27 points and 12 rebounds on 11–17 shooting.
During the 2011–12 season, Monroe played in and started all of Detroit's 66 games. On February 8, 2012, he was selected to play in the NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge. Monroe and teammate Brandon Knight were both selected for Team Shaq, despite them being drafted in different years.
On June 30, 2014, the Pistons tendered a one-year qualifying offer to make Monroe a restricted free agent. On September 8, 2014, it was announced Monroe signed the Pistons' qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent in 2015. The next day, the NBA suspended Monroe without pay for the first two games of the 2014–15 season for driving while visibly impaired in February 2014. On December 3, 2014, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 102–109 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. On April 8, 2015, he returned to action after missing 11 games with a knee injury to record 19 points and 10 rebounds in another loss to the Celtics.
Milwaukee Bucks (2015–2017)
On July 9, 2015, Monroe signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. He made his debut for the Bucks in their season opener on October 28, 2015, recording 22 points and 14 rebounds in a 122–97 loss to the New York Knicks. Between February 9 and March 7, 2016, Monroe had a 12-game bench stint as head coach Jason Kidd tinkered with his line-up. In his first game coming off the bench, he recorded a season-high 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 112–111 win over the Boston Celtics. Monroe returned to the starting line-up on March 9 for the Bucks' game against the Miami Heat.
Phoenix Suns (2017–present)
On November 7, 2017, Monroe was traded, along with the rights to a protected future first-round pick and a 2018 protected second-round pick, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Eric Bledsoe. He was dealing with a left calf strain upon arriving in Phoenix. He made his debut for the Suns on November 16, 2017, recording 20 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes as a starter in a 142–116 loss to the Houston Rockets. Monroe played amid speculation that he could be traded or have his contract bought out. Six days later, he had 22 points and 15 rebounds in a 113–107 overtime loss to his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks.
NBA career statistics
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- Celtics recover in OT, beat Pistons 109-102
- Celtics eliminate Pistons from race, 113-103
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- "Williams scores 24, Knicks beat Bucks 122-97 in opener". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
- "Middleton's free throw lifts Bucks over Celtics 112-111". NBA.com. February 9, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- "Antetokounmpo scores 24 points, Bucks beat Heat 114-108". NBA.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- "Without Embiid again, 76ers hold off Bucks 114-109". ESPN.com. January 25, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
- "Suns Acquire Greg Monroe and Two Draft Picks from Milwaukee". NBA.com. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
- "Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116". ESPN.com. November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
- "Middleton scores 40 points, Bucks beat Suns in OT". ESPN.com. November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
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