Add Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks to the chorus.
For power forward Greg Monroe to take the next step in his development, he must become proficient at knocking down midrange jumpers.
That has been known for some time, but Cheeks said he mentioned it again to Monroe during Wednesday’s practice.
“I just told him today that if I was him, I’d practice that jump shot right at that left and right elbow,” Cheeks said. “I’d practice it 200, 300 times a day at that elbow spot. … Now he has to expand his game a little bit in making that jump shot at the left or right elbow. It opens up his game so much more. It makes it a little bit tougher.”
Through four games, Monroe is 2-for-8 from the left and right elbow and 3-for-13 on all shots outside the paint, so he has to get better to optimize his and his teammates’ talents.