Greg Monroe Must Escape Detroit Pistons to Earn All-Star Attention He Deserves

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2012

November 6, 2012; Denver, CO, USA;  Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Greg Monroe certainly deserves All-Star consideration—or at least he would if he weren't playing in Detroit. It's hard to see how he can get it playing in the Motor City, no matter how good his motor is. 

Averaging over 15 points and almost 10 boards a game over the last season plus the short span of this season, Monroe is putting up numbers that would certainly give him consideration if he were on a contender, but in Detroit, that's not likely to change. 

Note this excerpt form Matt Moore of CBS Sports:

Monroe is maybe the best kept center secret in the league, toiling on a Pistons team that was disappointing last year, and has started the season downright horrible. Monroe posted 27 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggts (Sic). 

The Pistons lost by 12 to fall to 0-3 and were not competitive for much of the second half. 

So Monroe will continue to be the best player on a bad team, and even coach Lawrence Frank said before the game that the Pistons were made up of good players and no stars. 

Why... exactly, should Monroe not be considered as such?

Moore's point is dead-on. Why is it that players need to come from winning teams to be considered stars or for the All-Star team?

How many players in the league could swap out with Monroe and make them a contender or even a playoff team? LeBron James? And...

This notion that who your teammates are determines whether you're an All-Star is pure sophistry. Wins your team has shouldn't determine whether you're an All-Star, your play should. 

The reasoning is topsy-turvy. Because you have teammates that are better doesn't mean you're better. Beyond that, the better you are, the more likely you are to have worse teams—especially when you're young. 

Monroe was taken with the seventh overall pick in 2010, three picks ahead of Paul George, who has gotten more publicity than Monroe this year and has even started getting some hype as a potential All-Star player. 

Why is George considered All-Star material and not Monroe? It's certainly not play. The numbers aren't even close. Sure, George has some serious upside, but the actual accomplishments aren't even close. George has the second-most career win shares out of the draft class with 8.6. That' a distant second to Monroe's 13, though.

Nope, the only thing that George is better at than Monroe is naming quality teammates. 

The only way that Monroe has a chance to be named to the All-Star Game is to get out of Detroit. 

Consider Norris Cole, who last year was proclaimed all over the Internet and every Heat broadcast as being a sensational rookie, yet had a negative win shares per 48. Last year alone, he got more attention than Monroe has gotten in his career. 

Do you think for a moment that, if Monroe's on the Heat, he's not in the All-Star Game?

It's time to protest with your All-Star vote instead of complaining about snubs after it's done. Look at the players when you vote, not the teams. And cast a vote for Greg Monroe while you're at it.