But with the Detroit Pistons drafting former UConn center Andre Drummond in the first round, many are concluding that the NBA will have another effective low-post duo.
On initial glance, it's highly possible. Greg Monroe's offensive game has the makings of a true scoring big man.
Monroe's footwork, scoring and low-post game this past season really turned heads, as fans and critics raved of the young man’s potential. Monroe's defense needs work, but in due time he could improve to a "decent" defensive level for his size (6'11", 250 pounds).
At 7'0", 280 pounds, Andre Drummond proved his defensive potential for the NBA by blocking 2.7 shots per game as a freshman at UConn. Drummond also has superb athleticism, which helped account for the bulk of his points at UConn.
While his offense can improve, it's his defense that will make him a stallion in the NBA. His athleticism will get him by initially on offense, and he will make many highlight reel plays on the offensive end.
That will happen until he can develop a consistent low-post game.
Noticing that Monroe has the superior offensive game and Drummond's upper hand is the defensive end, the two big men could possibly be awkward at first, but a beneficial one-two punch.
Eventually, the pair's flaws will no longer be outweighed and could possibly flourish in the Eastern Conference.
That is, if Greg Monroe is interested in expanding his shooting range and continues his effectiveness in the paint at the power forward position.
If Monroe can stretch his scoring range and improve his defense and Drummond’s defense stays intact and his offense improves, we will soon be looking at the NBA’s next duo in the paint.