With Dyess now on the first unit and AJ not available the 2nd unit is definitely below NBA rebounding standards. There are only 3 Pistons that are NBA capable on the defensive boards, Sheed, Dyess and AJ. Everyone else is a washout on the defensive boards. This was very evident last night as the Cavs killed us on the boards. Without at least one strong defensive rebounder on the unit that JMax is playing on he is a liability. Right now he is playing the 4. He is totally out of position. He should be at the 3. The problem is is that his outside shooting is weak. So he is really not a strong 4 because his defensive rebounding is weak and not a strong 3 because his outside shooting is weak. For example, Prince and Hayes who play the 3 are our best 3 point shooters whereas JMax range is about 10 - 15 at the most. He also does not make his free throws, so going to the rack and getting fouled is not an advantage with him. His game is put backs. He is great at put backs. I believe that once AJ starts to play if Flipper plays AJ with JMax that will help significantly because AJ can clean the defensive boards. Until then the second unit as now constituted is a defensive rebounding liability. Replacing Nazr with Varejo would be a big step in making the second unit a strong defensive rebounding unit, though I doubt very much that we will obtain him.