Raptors’ Greg Monroe shows off new three-point stroke

NBA insider Eric Smith joins the Starting Lineup to discuss the Toronto Raptors move to bring in veteran big man Greg Monroe, as a very low risk acquisition.

The traditional big man is a dying breed in today’s NBA and Toronto Raptors centre Greg Monroe seems well aware of that fact.

With a greater emphasis on three-point shooting league-wide, power forwards and centres have been stepping out beyond the arc with more and more frequency in recent seasons.

Monroe has never made a three-pointer over his eight-year professional career, and has only attempted 12 shots from long range over that time. Perhaps sensing he needs to adapt his game to the modern NBA, the 28-year-old has been working on his three-point stroke this off-season, posting an Instagram video Saturday that shows him splashing triples from all over the court.


A post shared by Greg Monroe (@moosemonroe15) on

While the New Orleans native almost certainly won’t become a three-point specialist, adding this tool to his repertoire can only help the Raptors’ floor spacing. One of Monroe’s new teammates, Jonas Valanciunas, became a reliable long-distance shooter last year after recording just one three-pointer in the five seasons prior.

Toronto will be hoping Monroe will be able to replicate that success.

Monroe signed a one-year deal with Toronto on Aug. 14 after splitting the 2017-18 season between the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.