You keep acting as if Tolliver is a poor defender. He's not a liability on that side of the floor. Why would Tolliver be the one having to contest? I'm not saying he won't from time to time, but it sounds like you're trying to manipulate situations to fit your arguments. Cousins was one of the best rim protectors last year (combining charges & blocks), and the majority of Cousins impact has been on the DEFENSIVE side of the ball up until this season. Among Cs who had at least 20 mpg, he was 6th in DRAPM and 5th in DRPM. In fact, DeAndre Jordan was the only C above him that logged more than 25 mpg (meaning that a lot of these other Cs could exert themselves harder defensively for shorter amounts of time). The year before (2014-15), Cousins was 2nd in DRPM among Cs (Bogut was #1 with only 23 mpg). This year, he's dropped a lot. So what's changed? A new coach/system? Well he's had that the past 2 seasons and still has been an elite defensive player. He's being asked to guard PFs which is taking him away from what he does best defensively. One of our best frontcourt pairings last year was Gay, Casspi, & Cousins. Was the fact that Casspi wasn't a good rim protector hurting us? No, it wasn't. Of course taking Temple away from the bench will make them worse, but it will also make our starters better. However, I don't think it'll make the team worse overall. From a mathematical perspective, I see it like this: Afflalo was a 2 in our starting lineup & Temple was a 4 in our bench unit. I think Temple would be a 4 in our starting lineup and Afflalo would be a 3 in our bench unit. Yes, the bench gets worse, but the team gets better because you are maximizing our players skillsets to make sure we're getting the most out of each player. Again, I don't see an issue with the defense. Collison can be a pesky defender although he is inconsistent at times, Temple is our best defender at SG, Gay has been our best SF defender this year, Tolliver is an average defender who has the lateral quickness, size (240 lbs), & length (7'3" wingspan/9'0" standing reach) to match up with most PFs in this league (doesn't mean he's going to be shutting people down. It just means there shouldn't be a physical mismatch), & Cousins is an excellent defender at C. Then you have Lawson who I would say has played better defense than Collison this season, Richardson who projects to be at least average defensively, Afflalo who is a minus defender, Casspi who has played better defense than Barnes this year, & Koufos who is a solid defender as your bench unit. I'm not afraid to admit that the rebounding would be worse with Koufos out of the lineup because it would be (47.5 rebounds per 100 possessions w/ Cousins & Koufos on the floor vs. 40.3 rebounds per 100 possessions w/ Cousins on the floor & Koufos off the floor). Having said that, I really don't care. The game is not about who gets the most rebounds. The game is about WINNING, and the fact of the matter is that our team does much better when we aren't rolling out a double C lineup whether that's Cousins/Koufos or Cousins/Cauley-Stein. Below is what the stats show: On the Floor: Cousins & Koufos Off the Floor: Tolliver & Cauley-Stein Per100 On/Off = -0.4 pts Per100 Rebounds = 47.5 On the Floor: Cousins & Cauley-Stein Off the Floor: Tolliver & Koufos Per100 On/Off = -3.7 pts Per100 Rebounds = 39.4 On the Floor: Cousins & Tolliver Off the Floor: Koufos & Cauley-Stein Per100 On/Off = +5.3 pts Per100 Rebounds = 39.0 On the Floor: Cousins & any SF playing the 4 Off the Floor: Tolliver, Koufos, & Cauley-Stein Per100 On/Off = +4.2 pts Per100 Rebounds = 40.9 So if we had it YOUR WAY, we'd be losing more games. But hey! At least we'd grab more rebounds!