Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pistons Select Monroe, White

Steve St-Pierre
Sports Writer
In Play! Magazine
sstpierre@inplaymagazine.com

The Pistons were targeting three players with the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and were able to grab the one they knew they'd have the best chance of selecting in 6'11" Georgetown big man Greg Monroe. Known for his passing ability and overall upside, Monroe can play either power forward or center and is likely to be slated as Detroit's current starting center heading into next season.

With the No. 36 pick in the second round of the draft, the Pistons nabbed 6'5" combo guard Terrico White of Mississippi. White's an athletic swingman who will have to battle for a roster spot next season.

Both players are expected to join Pistons veterans Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko and DaJuan Summers next month in Las Vegas for the team's summer league play. In fact, it's extremely likely that all five players could start, with White playing point guard, Daye being used as a long two-guard alongside Jerebko, Summers and Monroe in the frontcourt.

Joe Dumars, Pistons President, spoke with the media shortly after selecting Monroe, saying that he believes Monroe is exactly what the organization needs - a big man who can step in and contribute immediately. The jury's out on how effective Monroe will be early on, but it appears Detroit has made the best of its No. 7 selection.


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