Bucks Sign Greg Monroe
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent center/forward Greg Monroe, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.
"The entire Bucks organization is thrilled to welcome Greg to Milwaukee," Bucks General Manager John Hammond said. "Greg will be a fantastic complement to the talented young roster we're assembling. The fact that he chose Milwaukee speaks volumes about the culture we're developing and the bright future we envision for the Bucks."
"Greg is a skilled low-post scorer and rebounder, and will add a whole new dimension to our young roster," Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd added. "He's just 25 years old and still scratching the surface of his potential. I'm looking forward to helping him develop along with our other talented young players."
Monroe, 25, was selected by the Pistons with the seventh-overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft and has spent the last five seasons with Detroit. In 2014-15, he averaged a double-double for the first time in his career with 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, along with 2.1 assists. Monroe was one of only 12 players in the NBA last season to average a points/rebounds double-double, and his 10.2 rebounds per game tied for eighth in the league. On Feb. 6 vs. Denver, Monroe recorded his first career 20-point/20-rebound game with 21 points and a career-high 21 rebounds.
In each of the last four seasons Monroe has recorded at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds, making him one of just two NBA players (DeMarcus Cousins) to accomplish that feat. In his career, Monroe has notched 158 double-doubles, which is 10th-most among all NBA players during that time span. The 6-foot-11-inch center/forward has career averages of 14.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 378 games (334 starts).
Monroe was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2011. He played at Georgetown for two years from 2008 through 2010 and earned NCAA AP All-America Third Team and First Team All-Big East honors after his sophomore season in 2010. As a high school senior at Helen Cox (Louisiana) in 2008, he was named a McDonald's All American. Monroe will wear No. 15 for the Bucks.