How the Pistons can recover from losing Greg Monroe
The Detroit Pistons lost one of their best young players in free agency this offseason when Greg Monroe opted to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.
While it's never easy for a team to lose a talented player like Monroe in free agency with nothing to show for it, the Pistons and Stan Van Gundy might have already found a way to effectively replace him last season.
Here's more from Rob Mahoney at Sports Illustrated:
"What Detroit lost in Monroe it hopes to gain in stylistic offset. Drummond put up monster numbers last season (19 points and 16.5 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 55.6% from the field) whenever he played alongside floor-stretching power forward Anthony Tolliver. Lineups featuring the two were roundly positive—an effect that was exaggerated further by the presence of Jackson. Those basic ingredients (finishing, playmaking, and floor spacing) that made for Detroit's most successful blends should be the standard now that Monroe has moved on and Ersan Ilyasova has been brought in alongside Tolliver to help fill the position in a different way."