Lack of 'it factor' maybe? Whatever 'it' is... He just seems like an incredible 4th or 5th option and on a team desperately searching for a 3rd scorer. He just doesn't seem to want to take that many shots. I think his minutes are going to increase though. I sometimes forget this is his 9th NBA game, he plays so solidly.SheedSoNasty said:What exactly is it and why doesn't he play more?
. . . which is exactly what this team needs. A guy who can score some, but doesn't demand shots. A guy who can pass, who understands and has a great feel for the game. A guy who can shoot and bring defenses out of soft zones. Monia has a high basketball IQ. I like what I see from him so far. He's a much more complete player than I thought. I don't care that he can't create his own shot. I'll take a guy like Monia on my team any day. He does a lot of things that don't show up in the box score as well like knock passes that would-be assists out of bounce. He's pretty easy to root for.theWanker said:"solid" is exactly the word that comes to mind every time I see him out there. he's probably not going to be an All Star any time in his career, but he just plays a smart, sound game.
Battier's an excellent comparisson. Maybe with Monia being more offensively sound and Battier a better defender. Same kinds of roles though.meru said:The way you are describing Monia, he sounds a lot like Shane Battier. Who, incidentally, really seems to have come alive this season.
Yeah, I agree. Monia is amore athletic too, in my opinion, but they're definitely the same kind of 'mistake free' players.SheedSoNasty said:Battier's an excellent comparisson. Maybe with Monia being more offensively sound and Battier a better defender. Same kinds of roles though.
He seems to have some trouble getting the ball into the post sometimes.. maybe 3 out of 4 times, the ball gets stolen or knocked away. I don't think that's the reason why he doesn't play more, but just an observation. He's a good, solid player though, I'm glad he's around.SheedSoNasty said:What exactly is it and why doesn't he play more?
wastro said:I don't think Monia's aggressive enough yet; how often does he create his own shot? Not very often. A lot of his points come on dishes from the lane.
Monia moves well without the ball, though, and he can get free; it's just a matter of his teammates finding him (and when the ball goes into Zach, that's never a sure bet) and being in the right place at the right time to make a contribution.
You can find him if you go to the team site first and look him up through the roster. This is, of course, if you use nba.com for such things.CelticPagan said:I went to lookl up Monia's season stats, and found he's not even listed as a player on NBA.com, neither is Victor Khyrapa. Victor has been in the league for TWO YEARS! Martell is listed, and he's a rookie.