The future frontcourt of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe is obvious to anyone watching the Pistons, but their on-court time together has been limited this season.

An argument could be made they are the two best players on this roster, and their 189 minutes together after Wednesday's game isn't among the Pistons' top 15 two-man units.

Part of it is the consistency of free-agent-to-be Jason Maxiell. Not necessarily in terms of talent or production, Maxiell's effort is a constant for Pistons coach Lawrence Frank to depend on.

Another part is the fact Monroe has to get accustomed to playing power forward, a spot he hasn't really played.

"It's definitely a difference on defense, especially for teams who might play small with a stretch-four," Monroe said. "On offense in our system, it isn't that big a difference, just subtle things. I have to space out more with Andre down there."

On pick-and-rolls, Monroe is used to rolling down to the block and positioning himself for an inside finish, and considering his adeptness at scoring with both hands around the rim, it's easy to see why his instincts guide him there.

With Drummond down there, space is limited and Monroe feels he'll have to drift a little more — with the confidence in his mid-range jump shot improving, it'll become more natural as time goes on.

"I'll have to pop a couple more times but it's not something I'm struggling with," Monroe said. "It's something more of an adjustment on defense.

"For two years, I'm playing the five and I'm used to rotations coming toward the basket. It's habits that were good (playing center) that can give other guys a couple (open) shots."

Monroe said he started preparing for the move to power forward this summer, knowing that he'll play fewer bruisers and more finesse shooters. Considering the Pistons drafted Drummond with the thought of those two playing together, not alternately, the adjustment will have to come sometime.

"It depends on who the four is and not just that, the style of play," Frank said. "Those are areas, being a big guy all his life he's not used to guarding. It's going to take time.

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