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Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe vs Wizards 2014.jpg
Monroe with the Pistons in January 2014
No. 55 – Boston Celtics
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-06-04) June 4, 1990 (age 28)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Helen Cox (Harvey, Louisiana)
College Georgetown (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102015 Detroit Pistons
20152017 Milwaukee Bucks
2017–2018 Phoenix Suns
2018–present Boston Celtics
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 Boston Celtics 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.[1]

High school career[edit]

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.[2]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Monroe was listed as the No. 1 power forward and the No. 8 player in the nation in 2008.[3]

College career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[4]

On April 17, 2010, Monroe declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility.[5]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Georgetown 31 31 30.9 .570 .333 .700 6.6 2.6 1.8 1.4 12.7
2009–10 Georgetown 34 33 34.2 .525 .259 .660 9.7 3.7 1.2 1.5 16.2
Career 65 64 32.6 .542 .273 .677 8.2 3.2 1.5 1.5 14.5

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Pistons (2010–2015)[edit]

Monroe was selected with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. On July 6, 2010, he signed with the Pistons.[6]

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.

On May 4, 2011, Monroe placed sixth in NBA Rookie of the Year voting totals, finishing closely behind Gary Neal of San Antonio.[7]

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.

During the 2013–14 season, Monroe recorded his third consecutive season with 1,000-plus points and 600-plus rebounds, joining Grant Hill as the only Pistons to do so since 1994–95.[8]

On June 30, 2014, the Pistons tendered a one-year qualifying offer to make Monroe a restricted free agent.[9] On September 8, 2014, it was announced Monroe signed the Pistons' qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent in 2015.[10] 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.[11] On December 3, 2014, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 102–109 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics.[12] 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.[13]

Milwaukee Bucks (2015–2017)[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Monroe signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Monroe returned to the starting line-up on March 9 for the Bucks' game against the Miami Heat.[18]

Monroe was assigned a permanent bench role for the Bucks in 2016–17 by coach Kidd. On January 25, 2017, he led the Bucks with a season-high 28 points in a 114–109 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[19]

Phoenix Suns (2017–2018)[edit]

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.[20] He was dealing with a left calf strain upon arriving in Phoenix.[21] 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.[21] Monroe played amid speculation that he could be traded or have his contract bought out.[21] Six days later, he had 22 points and 15 rebounds in a 113–107 overtime loss to his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks.[22] On January 24, 2018, he had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds in a 116–101 loss to the Indiana Pacers.[23] On February 1, 2018, he was waived by the Suns.[24]

Boston Celtics (2018–present)[edit]

On February 8, 2018, Monroe signed with the Boston Celtics.[25][26] On April 6, 2018, he recorded his second career triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench in a 111–104 win over the Chicago Bulls. He became the first Celtics center to record a triple-double since Robert Parish did it on March 29, 1987.[27]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Detroit 80 48 27.8 .551 .000 .622 7.5 1.3 1.2 .6 9.4
2011–12 Detroit 66 66 31.5 .521 .000 .739 9.7 2.3 1.3 .7 15.4
2012–13 Detroit 81 81 33.2 .486 .000 .689 9.6 3.5 1.3 .7 16.0
2013–14 Detroit 82 82 32.8 .497 .000 .657 9.3 2.1 1.1 .6 15.2
2014–15 Detroit 69 57 31.0 .496 - .750 10.2 2.1 1.1 .5 15.9
2015–16 Milwaukee 79 67 29.3 .522 .000 .740 8.8 2.3 .9 .8 15.3
2016–17 Milwaukee 81 0 22.5 .534 .000 .741 6.6 2.3 1.1 .5 11.7
2017–18 Milwaukee 5 0 15.8 .485 - .500 5.0 1.0 0 0 6.8
2017–18 Phoenix 20 14 23.3 .626 - .674 8.0 2.5 .8 .3 11.3
2017–18 Boston 26 0 19.1 .530 - .797 6.3 2.3 1.1 .7 10.2
Career 589 415 28.9 .515 .000 .707 8.6 2.3 1.1 .6 13.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Milwaukee 6 0 23.5 .529 - .833 7.3 1.7 1.3 .5 13.2
2018 Boston 11 0 9.5 .500 - .682 3.2 .5 .2 .2 4.8
Career 17 0 14.5 .517 - .769 4.6 .9 .6 .3 7.8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detroit Pistons To Retire Dennis Rodman's #10 Jersey". NBA.com. February 11, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Greg Monroe Bio". guhoyas.com. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Greg Monroe – Yahoo! Sports
  4. ^ "Greg Monroe Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Liz (April 17, 2010). "Greg Monroe declares for NBA draft, leaves Georgetown after two seasons". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pistons sign rookie Greg Monroe". InsideHoops.com. July 6, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Blake Griffin named 2010-11 T-Mobile Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. May 4, 2011. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Greg Monroe Signs Qualifying Offer". CBS.com. September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Goodwill, Vincent (June 30, 2014). "Stuckey's stay with Pistons appears over; team declines option on Billups". DetroitNews.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Greg Monroe Signs Qualifying Offer". NBA.com. September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Fenech, Anthony (September 9, 2014). "Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe suspended two games for February DUI". Freep.com. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ Celtics recover in OT, beat Pistons 109-102
  13. ^ Celtics eliminate Pistons from race, 113-103
  14. ^ "BUCKS SIGN GREG MONROE". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ Yougmisuk, Ohm (July 2, 2015). "Greg Monroe chooses maximum deal with Bucks". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Williams scores 24, Knicks beat Bucks 122-97 in opener". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Middleton's free throw lifts Bucks over Celtics 112-111". NBA.com. February 9, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Antetokounmpo scores 24 points, Bucks beat Heat 114-108". NBA.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Without Embiid again, 76ers hold off Bucks 114-109". ESPN.com. January 25, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Suns Acquire Greg Monroe and Two Draft Picks from Milwaukee". NBA.com. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b c "Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116". ESPN.com. November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Middleton scores 40 points, Bucks beat Suns in OT". ESPN.com. November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Pacers take easy path to get past fatigued Phoenix 116-101". ESPN.com. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Phoenix Suns Waive Greg Monroe". NBA.com. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Boston Celtics sign center Greg Monroe". NBA.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  26. ^ Snow, Taylor (February 8, 2018). "Celtics Sign Veteran Big Man Greg Monroe". NBA.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Greg Monroe's triple-double lifts Celtics over Bulls 111-104". ESPN.com. April 6, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 

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